Next NGA West

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Judge allows city to condemn land for NGA project north of downtown

A St. Louis judge ruled Tuesday that the city could condemn 97 acres controlled by its redevelopment arm north of downtown, clearing a potential roadblock to construction of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency complex.

Lawyers representing the city of St. Louis, the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority and the Bank of Washington argued in court Tuesday over whether the bank could stand in the way of the city’s ability to condemn its own land before handing it over to the federal government for the $1.7 billion intelligence facility.

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Hey, Neighbor!Vernon Betts

Vernon Betts, St. Louis City Sheriff and St. Louis Place resident
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Lifelong St. Louisan Vernon Betts has lived in St. Louis Place more than 20 years, and is “excited, delighted and tickled to death” that NGA will build its new facility in his historic neighborhood. As the Sheriff for the City of St. Louis, he is responsible for the safety and security of 31 divisional courtrooms of the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court and manages 173 sworn deputies. Betts believes that the future revitalization potential for his neighborhood is finally gaining momentum and that it’s long overdue.

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As city awaits NGA, some investors begin eyeing north side

There was a gaggle of real estate investors and agents, a title company worker or two and a banker who strolled Friday past the historic red brick houses that define the St. Louis Place neighborhood.

Just a few blocks to the south, earth is moving in preparation for a $1.7 billion investment in a federal intelligence agency expected to house some 3,000-plus workers. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made clear it sees collaboration with the private sector as key to its future, and private firms are expected to set up shop around its periphery.

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Partner Agencies

The Next NGA West project is a multi-agency effort between the St. Louis Development Corporation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyLearn more about each organization's role on the project.

  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District
  • Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • Project Connect
  • Naval Air Systems Command