St. Louis Officially Transfers Future NGA West Headquarters Land

The $1.75 billion project will bring over 1,300 jobs to the area

Tom Franklin
December 13, 2018 - 11:57 am
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — There's new optimism for the local economy and new hope for a north St. Louis neighborhood.

That's because the city of St. Louis has officially transferred a 97-acre plot of land to the federal government. That land will be the future home of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's West headquarters.

Mayor Lyda Krewson and other state and federal officials were on hand for a ceremonial land transfer signing this morning at Central Library. Krewson personally thanked St. Louis Development Corporation Executive Director Otis Williams for his work on the project.

"(His) expertise and his prepared, tenacious and professional leadership have led us to this celebration today," Krewson gushed. "This is the guy we litreally would have not gotten here without."

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The NGA West facility is a $1.75 billion project that's expected to create over 1,300 jobs in St. Louis.

For Congressman Lacy Clay, though, the project represents hope for a neighborhood that was once on the wrong side of history.

"It represents a powerful, transformative measure of economic justice. The new NGA site is just across the street from the giant federal failure of Pruitt-Igoe."

The Pruitt-Igoe projects were built in 1954, but were demolished just two decades later due to racial segregation and rapid decay.

Clay says the NGA west facility is a powerful symbol for the neighborhood.

"We will no longer turn our backs on north St. Louis. We will no longer treat historic black neighborhoods as expendable. And we will no longer dismiss or diminish the dreams of the good people who live in challenged neighborhoods like this one."