A St. Louis city agency filed suit Tuesday against several property owners in order to push land sales through and make way for a federal agency.
The suit is part of an effort to gain control of 100 acres on the north side that city officials hope will become the new home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The spy agency, currently located south of downtown, will choose one of four locations in the region this April.
The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority filed the eminent domain petition in St. Louis circuit court. It names about 30 individuals, but only eight people actually live within the proposed site.
Time is critical for city officials working to get control of the land, as NGA director Robert Cardillo is expected to make a final location decision in April.