National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will stay in St. Louis

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s decision to build its next western headquarters in St. Louis became final Thursday, ending a bitter bi-state battle and clearing the path for the largest federal project in city history.

Robert Cardillo, the agency’s director, preliminarily chose St. Louis in March as his preferred location. He has stood by that $1.75 billion decision in recent months as officials from Illinois sought to reverse it in favor of a site near Scott Air Force Base.

On Thursday, Cardillo filed the decision with the federal register, unceremoniously closing a two-month comment and review period.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was quick to praise the NGA’s choice, greeting the news with two words: “I’m thrilled.”

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, called the decision “a decisive victory” for St. Louis.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will build the facility. City officials have said most of the 200 residents in the area will move out this summer. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

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


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