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Alderman voices concerns over plans to build NGA facility to North City

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Location of NGA's new facility in north St. Louis (Credit: KMOV) Location of NGA's new facility in north St. Louis (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Alderman Antonio French is voicing concern about Mayor Francis Slay’s plan to bring the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to north St. Louis.

Thursday night, the NGA announced their decision to move the agency to a 99-acre piece of land located at Cass and North Jefferson. The move will bring 3,100 jobs to the area and create about 1,300 new construction jobs, all of which will be paying taxes to the city.

Even though the move will transform the struggling area, several homeowners will have to move and the area needs a lot of work before construction can begin, which will cost millions in tax payer dollars.

Alderman French told News 4 the NGA moving to North City is good news, but he questioned the cost of the plan pushed by the mayor. He said is also concerned about some of the homeowners who do not want to move.

According to the NGA's report, the north St. Louis site consists of 76 percent vacant land, 9 percent vacant homes, 13 percent renter-occupied residences and 2 percent commercial. The report states the area does not include the former Pruitt-Igoe Site. 

News 4 visited homeowners in the area following Thursday night’s announcement and found many people who lived in the area were happy about the news.

“It’s time for change, everything is old it’s time for it to move on and that’ll get great for them and the jobs and the neighborhood needs it,” said resident Donald Wright.

Tammika Hubbard, the Alderwoman of the fifth ward, is hopeful about the new development.

“It’s my hope that some of those employees we see and will want to move in that neighborhood, this is the beginning of a great transition for the fifth ward,” Hubbard said.

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