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Andrew Young, Kasim Reed meet about stadium deal
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ATLANTA -- The city of Atlanta may be one step closer to a deal with the one church that stands in the way of city's new stadium plan.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed wants the new stadium south of the current Georgia dome, but to do that he needs the congregation of Mount Vernon Baptist to agree. It met on Tuesday night with members describing the conversation as "good" and "productive" as they exited the church.

Reed's trying to revive negotiations to buy the church and pave the way for the new Falcons stadium. The sticking point is money. Friendship Baptist Church is located directly across the street. It was offered a buyout valued at more than $19 million. Mount Vernon was offered considerably less at roughly $6 million.

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Mayor Reed brought some back-up in the form of former mayor and ambassador Andrew Young.

"The theme song of this church, and they sing it almost every Sunday, is 'I've Got a Feeling Everything's Going to be All Right' and when I walked out I started up the song and every body sang with me. So I think it's going to be all right," Young said.

There was no specific proposal on the table and no dollar amount discussed. Tuesday's gathered was an informational meeting meant to reopen the lines of communication and lay the groundwork for a possible deal.

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