City wants residents to have a voice in the development of new NGA site

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – When a $1.7 billion investment lands in north St. Louis in the next few years, projects around it are expected to spring up.

The Gateway Community Foundation the City of St. Louis hosted Monday the first in a series of meetings to get feedback from citizens about what they'd like to see developed around the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site.

The meeting is the start of an ongoing process that could be packed with neighborhood improvements and jobs.

Now that it's official the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is relocating to within St. Louis City, there's no doubt in the minds of city officials that many businesses, industries, developers, restaurants, and services will follow.

Over 3,000 people will be working at the NGA every day, and they will need places to eat, live, and shop. Now is the chance for folks who already live in the area to have a voice in what the neighborhood will look like in the near future.

City officials are touting the development that has occurred in other parts of the city such as Cortex is created with bringing in IKEA, St. Louis University’s constant improvements, and SSM to build a new half $500 million hospital.

On Tuesday, people in the construction and demolition business will learn how they can get work preparing the land for the new NGA site.