NGA recommends north St. Louis as location for new $1.75B site; 3,000 employees
Fox 2 St. Louis
By Joe Millitzer, Betsey Bruce, and Erika Tallan
March 31, 2016
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's director recommends St Louis site for new federal spy agency facility. The 99-acre site in north city is at the corner of north Jefferson and Cass avenues. The new headquarters location means 5,200 construction jobs.
The NGA has been in St. Louis since it was founded in 1942. It has since has outgrown its location in south St. Louis near the Anheuser Busch Brewery.
There are more than 3,000 employees who work for the NGA. The new site is projected to cost $1.75 billion to build.
Four locations were courting the development of a new site for the Federal agency. They are: North St. Louis City, Fenton or the Mehlville in St. Louis County, and Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois.
Illinois officials offered free land and $115 million in infrastructure improvements around the proposed St. Clair County site. They wanted the NGA to move to undeveloped farmland in St. Clair County near Scott Air Force Base.
St. Louis city proposed a 99-acre site in north city at the corner of north Jefferson and Cass avenues. Leaders in Missouri said they would match an offer by St. Clair County for no cost land. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Rep. Lacy Clay, and Governor Nixon held a press conference on March 7th to make that announcement.
The proposed site is expected to make a huge economic impact for the new location. Land near the area is also under development by Paul McKee. After more than a decade of promising a huge development for the St. Louis’s near north side, he plans to break ground on the first buildings this summer.