St. Louis officials announced Friday that the city has finalized the transfer to the federal government of 97 acres of land north of downtown that will become the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new $1.7 billion western headquarters.
The move punctuates about four years of work on what has been one of the city’s largest economic development efforts in decades — and, as recently as this summer, was in some doubt.
City officials have worked for years to retain the western headquarter of the federal agency, which currently employs about 3,100 people at a facility in south St. Louis. Since the NGA’s 2016 decision that it would make its new home in north St. Louis, the city has spent more than $114 million acquiring and preparing the land for the new tenant.
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to pick a general contractor for the project next spring, with construction set to start as soon as late 2019. The facility is expected to be completed by 2024 or 2025.
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