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North St. Louis residents rally to save homes from eminent domain

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Residents of a North St. Louis community have been fighting to save their homes against eminent domain in the possible relocation of the National Geospatial Agency. On Wednesday, residents said nearly 100,000 Americans support their cause.

"My home and the homes of 46 of our neighbors are threatened by destruction," said Charlesetta Taylor, one of the leaders in the movement to save dozens of homes from eminent domain.

On Wednesday, Taylor delivered petitions to National Geospatial Agency representatives. The agency is considering a move to the St. Louis Place neighborhood in North St. Louis.

"Many of us who live in the neighborhood do not want to sell our homes," Taylor said. "We are proud homeowners and we like our neighborhood and would like to stay here."

The petition had more than 96,000 names of citizens across the nation who support Taylor and other St. Louis Place residents, who are working with a legal advocacy group.

"Our homes are a lot more than brick and mortar. Our home are our heritage, they represent the lives of our fathers and our grandfathers," said Taylor.

The NGA promised to include the petitions in their report and is also considering sites in Mehlville and Fenton.

Public meetings on the relocation have been scheduled for August.
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