ST. LOUIS (AP) — More than 1,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture employees in St. Louis will move from a contaminated complex to new offices downtown, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, announced Tuesday.
Mayor Lyda Krewson said via Twitter: “Big news!! Today, I am thrilled to announce that @USGSA and @USDA have executed a new $72 million, 20 year lease of more than 163,000 square feet at One Metropolitan Square, bringing more than 1,000 jobs to beautiful @downtownstlouis!”
Many employees have for years raised health concerns, including high rates of some cancers, that they believe are associated with the Goodfellow Federal Complex.
Clay said in a statement that he had been working for years to facilitate a move while keeping the jobs in St. Louis.
“Today’s announcement by the GSA achieves both of those goals,” Clay said.
The move to the Metropolitan Square Building on North Broadway is expected to be completed by September 2021.
In 2016, an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited 83 hazardous substances at the Goodfellow site. Employees raised concerns about exposure to lead, asbestos and other hazards.
Another 1,000 governments employees work at the Goodfellow site, but it wasn’t immediately clear if they will be moved.
Krewson added Tuesday, “When the @USDA and @USGSA began looking for a new home, they easily could’ve left #STL – and taken the 1,000 jobs with them. Instead, they’re staying right here in @STLCityGov. Thank you @LacyClayMO1, @RoyBlunt, @HawleyMO & @SLDCmo for your continued advocacy on our behalf!”
MetroSTL staff contributed to this report.