As the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency looks for a new home, developer Paul McKee, who owns the majority of the land within the proposed north St. Louis NGA site, continues to drive a hard bargain with the city for his land.
McKee was instrumental in getting the St. Louis site on the NGA’s short list, but continued disagreements over the land eventually forced the city to include McKee and 19 property owners in an aldermanic resolution to authorize eminent domain, the court process for forcing land sales.
St. Louis Development Corporation executive director Otis Williams says the city won’t need to go to court to get McKee’s property, as the two sides have reached an agreement. “It’s being written up by the lawyers,” he said. “As soon as we get the documents to review, it should be something we should be able to complete in the next week or two.”
McKee spokesman Jim Gradl said he could not comment until after the deal is made public.