NGA Director Robert Cardillo has informed me that St. Louis
is the preferred site to construct a $1.75 billion state-of-the-art
This is great news and an important step. Coming next will
be a series of community meetings and a formal Record of Decision.
Building this headquarters where we have proposed it would
change the game in the heart of the City, reverse decades of disinvestment in a
neighborhood. It would be built adjacent to the old Pruitt-Igoe housing
projects, righting the wrongs of federal policy from decades' past. The NGA
Western Headquarters would sit squarely in a Promise Zone, near a Choice
Neighborhood, and within an SC2 City.Those federal designations are important to build resiliency and grow
Director Cardillo and I discussed Presidential Executive
Order 12072 which supports the construction of federal facilities in urban
areas. I believe that the words of that Order will inform and guide the federal
government’s decisions over the next several months.
When a Formal Record of Decision is announced:
- We will
finalize property acquisition to deliver the site to the NGA;
relocation assistance to homeowners and renters, with a goal of keeping those
residents right in their neighborhood;
includes physically moving one home to a lot nearby.
- The City
will begin site demolition and environmental cleanup once our contract with the
NGA is finalized, and coordinate with NGA on construction scheduling.
and Cass Avenues will be improved after NGA’s $1.75 billion build out is
- We will
continue to work with local developers to cultivate project opportunities
around the NGA site, including the urgent care facility and urban center
envisioned for Pruitt-Igoe.
- And, we will
invite the community to engage in the design for the future of the
This moment would not be possible without united support
from the Board of Aldermen, St. Louis County, the State of Missouri, and our
Federal delegation. It would not be possible without the support of the
Regional Chamber and the outspoken editorial voices of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis American newspapers.
They were all superheroes.
I particularly want to single out the work of US Senator Roy
Blunt, US Representative Lacy Clay, and County Executive Steve Stenger. Each
has lent to a strong shoulder to an effort that lets me say to you: We are St.
Louis. The likely home of the new western
headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.