Stop the presses! Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says that he’s found the money to buy Mount Vernon Baptist Church so that it can be relocated to make way for a new Falcons stadium. Or some of the money, anyway. He won’t say how much, or where it came from, or really much of anything:
The private money “has materialized,” Reed said. “I’m not prepared to discuss it yet. But we’re much closer on the Mt. Vernon transaction.”
Reed wouldn’t say whether the new private money is coming from the Atlanta Falcons. A Falcons spokeswoman did not respond to an email requesting comment.
An attorney for Mt. Vernon, Bill Montgomery, wouldn’t comment except to say that he is “cautiously optimistic” about the discussions to sell the church. Reed echoed that.
“I think in five to seven days we have to get a deal, or we don’t. And at that point, I’ll be fine with supporting the north site if we’re unable to come to an agreement,” Reed said.
I guess stay tuned. But not for more than five to seven days.