St. Louis to use eminent domain for proposed intelligence agency site

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is considering six St. Louis-area sites for its new facility. |Courtesy of Creative Commons Flickr
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will choose between a north St. Louis location and three other sites in the metro area for its new facility. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

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.

Read more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and St. Louis Public Radio

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