St. Louis, (KTRS) St. Louis continues to bask in the victory of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s plan to stay in St. Louis.
Friday morning state, city, and community leaders gathered for a news conference at Mayor Francis Slay’s office to speak about the NGA’s preliminary decision. Governor Jay Nixon was among those in attendance.
“We’re Missourians. From the mercury space capsule to the Gateway Arch, the people of our great state have always reached for the stars. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.” said Nixon.
Otis Williams, the executive director of the St. Louis Development Corporation, addressed the eminent domain aspect of the project. Williams said the city is working with those faced with relocating, including negotiating a purchase-sell agreement with the NGA.
“We’re working very closely with them to relocate them in and around the area. Many of have already sought and identified locations that are in the area, others in the region.” said Williams.
The plan to build a new $1.75 billion NGA headquarters in north St. Louis is expected to be finalized in June.