Metro-East News

St. Louis area near NGA’s future home lands large HUD grant

The area near the proposed site of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency was gifted a nearly $30 million grant on Monday.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development announced Monday that it has given St. Louis a $29.5 million grant to revitalize the area near where the NGA’s new headquarters are slated to be built north of downtown St. Louis. The city received the funding through the “Choice Neighborhoods” program. An Associated Press report said the money will be used to improve public housing, fund social services and increase education, job training and employment opportunities in the Near North Side neighborhood.

In March, the area on St. Louis’ north side was selected to be the home of the new NGA headquarters, beating out a St. Clair County site near Scott Air Force Base in the process. The $1.75 billion campus is scheduled to be built on a 99-acre site in North St. Louis. The St. Clair County site was one of the finalists for the NGA’s west campus, which would have brought 3,100 jobs to Southwestern Illinois.

Construction on the new NGA site is scheduled to begin in 2017 with completion set for 2021.