More than 200 people filled the city’s first public meeting about the future site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency on Monday, four days after the agency announced it will build its new headquarters in north St. Louis.
City officials expressed optimism that the project will turn around a struggling section of the urban core, while residents vented skepticism and distrust.
To integrate the NGA project into the local community, Mayor Francis Slay suggested building a MetroLink line to connect north and south St. Louis. He also mentioned a possible new museum or park, and educational programs to benefit local schools.
Attendees, however, offered less specific feedback than general frustration that people are being displaced for the project, and skepticism that the city will listen to or know what they want and need.
The city expects residents to move out by the end of September. Demolition is expected to begin in October.