St. Louis offers 100-acre NGA site for free

St. Louis officials announced Monday an offer to the National Geospatial-Intellingence Agency for a 100-acre site free of cost in an effort to match St. Clair County’s land offer and keep the agency on the Missouri side of the river.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay held a press conference to make the announcement, touting the site’s proximity to Lambert International Airport and to downtown. “We know that a new NGA facility in north St. Louis will catalyze our entire community,” he said. “Jobs, economic investment, and the ability of the project to transform the neighborhoods…will continue the revitalization we’re seeing in other parts of the urban core.”

The city has budgeted $130 million for the project, including infrastructure around the facility. St. Louis Development Corporation executive director Otis Williams said it will be paid for with $35 million in Brownfield tax credits, and using half of the $2.4 million annual earnings taxes from the NGA facility’s employees and up to $12 million in state withholding taxes for the next 30 years.

Monday’s announcement comes three days after Illinois officials held a similar event touting their 182-acre site near Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County.

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

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