ST. LOUIS -- While significant progress has been ongoing at the site of the Next National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West Headquarters on the Near North Side, some of the most visible work is currently underway.
Ms. Charlesetta Taylor's historic brick home has been moved to its new location, and today it will be set on new foundation along St. Louis Avenue, the northern border of the 97-acre NGA site. Demolitions also have begun to clear the land and ready it for the NGA, which has committed to the City of St. Louis to build a new campus and to move its 3,100 employees to a new facility on the Near North Side. NGA's program cost totals $1.75 billion.
The St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) has promised to deliver a clean and clear site to the NGA in 2018. The site is bounded by Cass Avenue, N.Jefferson Avenue, the alley south of St. Louis Avenue, and N. 22nd Street.
The City has controlled the site since December 2016, and since then, residents have been relocated and work has begun on the process to move remaining businesses, remove utilities, vacate streets, demolish structures, clear debris, and re-grade the site. A timeline is as follows:
06.02.16 NGA released its Record of Decision, choosing the City of St. Louis06.06.16 City launched Project Connect to coordinate public and private initiatives
10.07.16 Brownfield application approved for Voluntary Cleanup Program
12.01.16 Completed archaeological site investigation
12.16.16 Completed City real estate closings on all 551 parcels within the site
01.04.17 Properties vacated; building inspections completed
01.10.17 Bond financing for site work approved
02.10.17 Streets vacated via aldermanic approval
02.16.17 Abatement of structures began
02.27.17 Ms. Taylor's home moved out of site to new location in neighborhood
03.08.17 Demolitions begin
Jan 2018 93 acres scheduled for delivery to United States Air Force
June 2018 4 acres (Faultless Laundry) scheduled for delivery to USAF
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority