Despite troubled negotiations to buy land for a new Atlanta Falcons stadium, planners shouldn’t set their sights on the alternative location just north of the Georgia Dome because it’s too close to residences, neighborhood associations say.
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Two sites are being considered for the new Falcons stadium, with the south site the “preferred” location. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
North site (Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard at Northside Drive)
Larger and already state-owned
More flexibility in positioning stadium
More potential parking and tail-gating space
One-half mile hike from MARTA
Contaminated soil that would have to be removed or remediated
Power lines that would have to be relocated
South site (Martin Luther King Jr. and Northside drives)
Excellent MARTA access
Closer to Georgia World Congress Center so events could be held in both facilities
Proximity to proposed downtown multi-modal terminal
Requires purchasing and razing Friendship Baptist and Mount Vernon Baptist churches
Requires large infrastructure improvements, including reconfiguring Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Closeness to Georgia Dome complicates construction
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters have been pursuing developments surrounding the new Falcons stadium for more than three years. Much of the information has been gathered by examining public records, as well as from interviews with people on all sides of the deal. As the stadium planners try to determine where the stadium will be built, The AJC will keep readers informed of all the latest developments.