Illinois sweetens NGA deal by $115 million in infrastructure improvements

A bi-state battle to land the next western headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency intensified on Friday as Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged $115 million in transportation improvements around the state.

Transportation improvements would include $54 million on upgrades to nearby roads, a new interchange estimated to cost $43 million, and a proposed short extension of MetroLink, which already runs to Scott Air Force Base. Illinois has been stymied by a budget impasse, but Rauner insisted he could make a special appropriation without delay.

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Rauner also noted that, if selected, St. Clair County intends to donate the 182 acres outlined in the proposed site near Scott AFB.

St. Louis officials said they will make a “major announcement” regarding the city’s efforts to retain the NGA on Monday. Their current proposal involves 100 acres of land north of the former Pruitt-Igoe Housing Development. The city has to buy out about 47 property owners and is taking a few to court in eminent domain proceedings. If the NGA moves elsewhere, St. Louis estimates it would lose $2.4 million a year in earnings taxes.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio


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