Visible Progress Happening on Site of Next NGA West Headquarters

Historic Home Moved; Demolitions Begin.

March 9, 2017 | 2 min reading time

This article is 7 years old. It was published on March 9, 2017.

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. Louis

06.06.16         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

Progress on the project may be followed on twitter @nextNGASTL,facebook, and on the City's website at

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