1,000 federal employees relocating to downtown St. Louis, away from problematic building

Alex Degman
June 23, 2020 - 3:03 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A thousand federal employees are moving to downtown St. Louis -- away from a site rife with environmental problems.

Workers at the Goodfellow Federal Center have been sounding the alarm about hazardous substance contamination for years. Now roughly 1,000 USDA employees are relocating to the Metropolitan Square building downtown.

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"(These) additional 1,000 jobs will make a big difference to restaurants, to parking revenues, to the activity and the energy that's on the streets of downtown -- which is so very important," said Mayor Lyda Krewson at a news conference announcing the move.

The federal agency will take up approximately 163,000 square feet, Krewson expects the 20-year lease will be worth about $72 million.

It's unclear when the lease begins but Krewson expects it to go into effect during the next fiscal year.

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