Spy agency’s move could leave historic St. Louis complex vacant

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 is considering six St. Louis-area sites for its new facility. |Courtesy of Creative Commons Flickr

The National Geospatial-Intelligence agency, which announced earlier month that it will build a new facility at one of six locations in the St. Louis area, says its current site is too old and no longer feasible for its high-tech, top-secret missions.

The land now housing the western operations of the NGA, an arm of the Department of Defense that handles satellite and mapping intelligence, includes the St. Louis Arsenal, one of the oldest continually operating military installations in the United States. The NGA move will leave behind a vacant campus of buildings in the shadows of the hulking Anheuser-Busch brewery.

A spokeswoman for the agency in St. Louis said it “is too early to say with any certainty what will become” of the historic site containing about a dozen buildings retrofitted for NGA’s work. The final decision will be up to the Air Force, which owns the ground. The chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay said the site tucked along the Mississippi River would be a great place for redevelopment.

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