Eminent domain in play for Falcons stadium property | www.myajc.com

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Eminent domain in play for Falcons stadium property | www.myajc.com

A state agency began the process Friday of using eminent domain to acquire a small piece of property in the way of the new Atlanta Falcons stadium.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority posted notice of a public meeting regarding its intention to request that the state use the controversial power to obtain the property, currently a gravel parking lot near the Georgia Dome.

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The property owners’ attorney, Charles Pursley, said the state and his clients are many millions of dollars apart on the value of the land but that the eminent-domain process would allow for the dispute to be litigated without delaying construction of the stadium.

Ground-breaking is planned for next spring. The stadium’s schematic design has been completed and will be presented to the GWCCA board Tuesday.

The GWCCA, which operates the Georgia Dome, negotiated most aspects of the new stadium deal with the Falcons. The Georgia Dome will be demolished once the new stadium is built.

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