Where does construction on the $1.75 billion NGA facility stand? - KMOV.com

Where does construction on the $1.75 billion NGA facility stand?

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Site of the north St. Louis NGA site (Credit: KMOV). Site of the north St. Louis NGA site (Credit: KMOV).

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- More than eight months ago dozens of people in North City were forced out of their homes for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

The NGA has had a presence in St. Louis for decades, but it outgrew its old facility.

News 4 wanted to know: Where the $1.75 billion project stand?

Otis Williams, director of St. Louis Development Corporation, said like any project, it has to make sure everything is in place to break ground.

Skyzoom 4 flew above the site of the new NGA at the corner of North Jefferson and Cass. To the naked eye it didn’t appear much progress had been made, but Williams said it has.

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“So now that we have completed the acquisition and we’ve completed all but two of the relocations we’re in the process of doing the demolition contracts and getting the environmental clean-up contracts in place,” said Williams.  

He adds that it has taken a while, but they’re still on schedule.

Williams said there’s been a lot of major behind the scene work like drafting environmental clean-up, contracts and some archeological digs.

He said it could be another 5 or 6 months before people begin to see major construction work.

“The next task will be to essentially demolish all of the structures on the site, remove all the utilities on the site and essentially provide a clean site that will be regarded and basically a level site for the NGA can take possession of,” said Williams.

Williams said the installation of the fence will go up in the next 30 days. 

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