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Posted on 03.31.16
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  • Posted on 03.31.16

NGA Director Robert Cardillo has informed me that St. Louis is the preferred site to construct a $1.75 billion state-of-the-art intelligence campus.

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 St. Louis.

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;
  • Provide relocation assistance to homeowners and renters, with a goal of keeping those residents right in their neighborhood;
  • That 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.
  • Jefferson and Cass Avenues will be improved after NGA’s $1.75 billion build out is complete.
  • 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 neighborhood.

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.