Federal agency decision to bring clarity to north St. Louis development

Friday is expected to mark an inflection point for a distressed swath of north St. Louis. With the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency planning to reveal the destination of its new western headquarters, the neighborhood could see an influx of thousands of federal jobs, or it could be left with Paul McKee’s stalled redevelopment plan.

If the federal agency opts to locate its new facility in St. Clair County, Illinois, St. Louis will turn to McKee and his NorthSide Regeneration project. The multibillion-dollar effort, which McKee announced in 2009 and has assembled hundreds of pieces of property to make happen, has languished.

City officials have been forced to involve themselves in McKee property deals and lawsuits to cobble together the 100 acres the federal government said it needs to consider the city’s effort for the relocated NGA complex.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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