In The Community

Next NGA West will be located within a community of historic neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis.


Next NGA West construction site located at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass. Surrounding neighborhoods include St. Louis Place, Hyde Park, Jeff Vanderlou, Carr Square, and Old North St. Louis.

The Next NGA West site will be on 97 acres within historic St. Louis Place neighborhood located at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Cass avenues. Bordering neighborhoods include Hyde Park, Jeff Vanderlou, Carr Square, and Old North St. Louis.

Culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods are a distinct part of the fabric of the City of St. Louis and longtime residents are proud of their roots and family history. As a member of the St. Louis community for more than 70 years, Next NGA West is committed to preserving and enhancing the history of the area and is working to design the new campus in a way that will make it a good fit for the community. NGA has several ongoing outreach efforts to partner with local civic leaders, organizations, business owners and local schools to contribute to the long-term improvement and revitalization of these neighborhoods.

Learn more about the area's rich and diverse history.


St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou Resources Guide

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The 2019 St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou 2019 Resource Guide is now available.

This comprehensive document developed by the The Rise Young Professionals Board details the history, present conditions and future potential of these two historic neighborhoods adjacent to the Next NGA West project.

Whether you are a current resident of the community, or just curious to learn more about St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou, there’s much you can discover and learn in this guide.

The Rise Young Professionals organization is an innovative diverse force that advocates for community revitalization in St. Louis through project-based work. Their vision is to attract talented and diverse young professionals with different skill sets, backgrounds, and ideas to support Rise’s vision, while inspiring others to engage in their communities to create a more equitable St. Louis region.

Rise is a leading nonprofit organization that connects key groups, working to revitalize communities and neighborhoods in Greater St. Louis. Rise acts as a resource and partner to the community, bringing together non-profit organizations, financial institutions and government to make successful neighborhood revitalization possible.

North Jefferson & Parnell Corridor Project

Map of NGA current and future footprint

This project will reconstruct two miles of N. Jefferson Avenue and Parnell Street between Market Street and Natural Bridge Avenue. The plans for this new corridor will:

  • Improve safety for roadway and sidewalk users
  • Upgrade the poor condition of the roadway, sidewalk and roadside amenities
  • Address increased traffic from the NGA West campus
  • Improve vehicular trip efficiency with new interconnected signals
  • Support the existing community fabric of residents and businesses
  • Encourage economic growth, reinvestment, and infill development
  • Assist in changing neighborhood perceptions through streetscape enhancements

To learn more about Project Connect and planned improvements to North St. Louis, please visit Project Connect's website and like Project Connect on Facebook.

NGA in the Community

NGA has been a proud member of the St. Louis community for more than 70 years. The agency continues its commitment to be a positive dynamic force in the region through partnerships with:

St. Louis-area Schools

More than 150 NGA West Partners in Education (PIE) volunteers participate in various K-12 outreach initiatives in more than 75 regional schools, activities, and groups. The Partners in Education Program demonstrates NGA's commitment to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in local schools and to being a good neighbor to the communities adjacent to our facilities.

St. Louis-area Colleges and Research Institutes

NGA scientists work closely with local scientists through special collaborative research relationships with Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri –Columbia and the Boeing Company to advance science and technology.

NGA also works with several St. Louis-area colleges to identify potential future employees. NGA actively recruits at the University of Missouri St. Louis, Saint Louis University and Washington University.

St. Louis-area Businesses

NGA works with companies such as ESRI, Leidos and Harris, who maintain a presence in the St. Louis area.


Information For Residents

The site of the future Next NGA West, or N2W, officially transferred from City of St. Louis to the U.S. Air Force Dec. 13, 2018. The site will serve as the future home of the National Geospatial-lntelligence Agency with construction slated to begin by late 2019.

This summer, neighbors will see light construction activities inside the N2W site around Jefferson and Cass avenues. We’ve hired a small business construction contractor to grade and maintain the site for temporary offices.

Neighbors may also see survey and inspection work that will prepare the entire site for significant construction.

NGA's facilities team will maintain the site until construction begins. Residents can expect to see some of the following activities:

  • NGA police will conduct regular patrols on the site and continue coordination with St. Louis Metropolitan Police.
  • NGA's facilities team will maintain the site to include mowing and fence repairs, as needed.


Next NGA West Newsletter #6

June 20th Job Fair
Photo provided by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Hey Neighbors! Issue #6 of the Next NGA West Newsletter is now available!

In this issue, you'll get information on an upcoming construction job fair, a graduate success story, and information on construction internships.

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Hey, Neighbor!Andy Karandzieff

Andy Karandzieff, Owner of Crown Candy
Photo provided by: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

For over a century the Crown Candy Kitchen family business founded by Andy Karandzieff’s grandfather in Old North has been a neighborhood icon, consistently drawing loyal customers from the bi-state region and around the world.

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Hey, Neighbor!Dr. Annessa Blackmun

Annessa Blackmun, Doctor of Podiatry
Photo provided by: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Growing up in the Carr Square neighborhood’s Vaughn Projects, Dr. Annessa Blackmun recalls that finding her calling in life came from a combination of attending a great elementary school, and being “lifted up” by close family and friends. After attending medical school in New York and New Orleans, she came home to St. Louis to practice medicine in a more holistic way to help city residents focus on disease prevention instead of disease management.

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