The Atlanta City Council on Monday approved using $11.5 million of bond proceeds from a tax allocation district to repay the outstanding balance of a $35 million loan taken out to purchase the personal papers of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The papers, a centerpiece of the new Center for Civil and Human Rights planned for downtown Atlanta, were to be purchased with donations. But donations fell short of what was needed because of the recession, city officials said.

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