St. Louis officials say they are prepared to use eminent domain to put together the large expanse of land they hope will attract a new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency facility northwest of downtown.
The move would enable the city to take control of at least seven owner-occupied properties and more than 300 parcels owned by developer Paul McKee.
Those properties are part of a 99-acre swath the city hopes can lure the new western headquarters for the federal intelligence agency, a $1.6 billion project. The NGA, which currently has a facility south of downtown, is choosing between the north St. Louis location and three other sites in the metro area.
A resolution will be introduced Friday before the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to allow the legal process to begin.