Jessica Machetta (@jmachetta)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and Congressman Lacy Clay want the public’s help in bringing the National Geospatial Agency West to North St. Louis.

Stenger and Clay want to deliver 100,000 signatures to President Barack Obama by Feb. 7, which would bring the $1.6 billion project to North City.

“Presidential Executive Order 12072 directs that when federal facilities are moved, federal dollars should be targeted to restore economic opportunity to distressed neighborhoods that have suffered from decades of disinvestment and concentrated poverty,” Clay says.

So far only about 1,000 people have signed the petition.

The online petition reads:

“In the 1970s, the Federal Housing Administration demolished the Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project in North St. Louis. Since then, North St. Louis and North St. Louis County have experienced continuous deterioration and disinvestment. Residents of North St. Louis and North St. Louis County have suffered through these steadily worsening conditions for more than forty years, resulting in the tragedy of Ferguson, viewed by millions.

The National Geospatial Agency needs a new headquarters and must choose between North St. Louis and a site 35 miles outside of St. Louis. Executive Order 12072 requires that we give priority to urban areas when we move federal facilities. North St. Louis and North St. Louis County are in the Promise Zone. Locating NGA in the urban core will spur unprecedented private and public investment.

By enforcing the Executive Order and choosing North St. Louis as the new home of NGA-West, the project will create an unprecedented opportunity that will bring history full circle by replacing a great federal failure (Pruitt-Igoe) with a shining new symbol of hope, progress and prominence at the heart of keeping our nation safe.”

NGA is headquartered in Springfield, Va. and has two major locations in St. Louis and Arnold, Mo. Hundreds of NGA employees serve on support teams at U.S. military, diplomatic and allied locations around the world. Expanding in St. Louis will mean hundreds of new jobs, in addition to the contract work to build the site.

In addition to St. Louis city, Mehlville, Fenton, and St. Clair County are vying to host the new site.

Click here to view the “We the People” petition.

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