Local Congressmen and Illinois’ U.S. Senators are calling on an extension of time for public comment on the decision to locate the new western home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in St. Louis rather than St. Clair County. The spy-agency director issued a preliminary decision last week to build the $1.6 billion complex in north St. Louis city instead of near Scott Air Force Base.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk issued a letter to NGA director Robert Cardillo expressing his disappointment in the decision and asked that he extend the public comment period from 15 to 30 days before a final decision is made. Kirk’s letter was co-signed by Senator Dick Durbin and Congressmen Mike Bost, Rodney Davis and John Shimkus. Earlier this week, St. Clair County Board Chairman mark Kern issued a letter asking that the comment period be extended to 30 days. The NGA West headquarters will mean 31-hundred jobs will remain in the city of St. Louis. The current facility is in south St. Louis city.