In St. Louis, the Board of Adermen are moving to authorize the use of Eminent Domain to move homeowners and businesses in the City’s bid to keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in the city limits. The Agency, which has called St Louis home for decades (formerly known as the “Defense Mapping Agency”) is currently located south of downtown. It announced that it will move and has narrowed its future site to four possible locations: Fenton, Mehlville, St. Clair County and north St. Louis.
The City is desperately attempting to keep the Federal agency, which currently employes 3,000 people. The site targeted by the City for redevelopment is locate north of downtown near Cass and Jefferson. Much of the area is vacant and owned by developer Paul McKee, but many of the properties are occupied with homes and businesses. If the City invokes its power of eminent domain, the owners of these properties may expect to be contacted by City officials who will make offers to acquire the properties before legal action can be taken. Property owners do not have to accept the offers and are entitled to legal representation to contest the City’s valuation.
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