Friendship Baptist Church faces the wrecking ball. (Courtesy CBS 46)
Friendship Baptist Church faces the wrecking ball. (Courtesy CBS 46)

Demolition crews have torn down historic Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta’s oldest African-American Baptist church, to make room for the new Falcons and soccer stadium in Downtown. According to our media affiliate CBS46, former parishioners and members of the public gathered to watch the wrecking ball, and some become emotional. Last September the church’s congregation voted overwhelmingly to accept the city’s $19.5 million offer for the property.

The Piedmont Park Conservancy recently submitted an application in Atlanta to reconfigure its community center for an additional restaurant and more patio space, according to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The building that sits along Piedmont Avenue, near the intersection of 12th Street, today houses Willy’s Mexicana Grill and the former ParQ pizzeria. The ParQ space would expand from about 900 square feet to more than 1,500 square feet. A third restaurant, which would be about 700 square feet, would be added. It would likely house a “grab-and-go” concept.

The daytime takeover of Georgia State University’s radio station Album 88 by Georgia Public Broadcasting gets reportage from the Wall Street Journal.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.