ATLANTA -- State officials tell 11Alive News they are "abandoning efforts" to acquire Mt. Vernon Baptist Church for the new Falcons stadium.
This comes after the church reportedly rejected the state's $6.2 million final offer.
On Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons told the Georgia World Congress Center Authority that the south site, adjacent to the Georgia Dome is not feasible for construction of a new stadium.
The team made its final offer to buy that property that's owned by two churches. On Wednesday, aspokesperson for Friendship Baptist church said no decision has been made on accepting that offer.
There is some wiggle room after Thursday's deadline, but on October 1 a master agreement is due. That agreement basically sets plans and the location in stone.
The Falcons said they want the GWCCA to shift work to the north site, along Ivan Allen Boulevard. The GWCCA says they will be moving forward with feasibility studies on that site, which is on state-owned land.
Friendship Baptist Church, which is on Martin Luther King Drive in the middle of the south site under consideration, said Tuesday afternoon that negotiations with the city are ongoing for the possible purchase of their building as part of the construction site for the new stadium.
360 Architecture, the architectural firm chosen to design the new stadium, says they have been working on plans that will be feasible on either the north or south site.
Next Spring, there will be a groundbreaking on whichever site is chosen. Inthe Summer of 2017 the Falcons want to open their season in the new stadium.