STL home moved from future NGA site

She didn't want to give up her house, so her house is coming with her.

ST. LOUIS - She refused to give up her home. So now it's on the move to make way for the new headquarters for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Starting in 1945, Charlesetta Taylor’s house on North Market Street in St. Louis has been home to five generations of her family.

"I was only 10 years old when we moved in this home so most of my life has been spent here,” Taylor said.

Her neighbors have recently left the area, making way for the 1.75 billion-dollar project, but Taylor refused to do the same.

Now, instead of demolishing it like several more in the area, the city is moving Taylor's home eight blocks to make room for the $1.75 billion spy agency headquarters.

PHOTOS: STL home on the move

The city says given the home's history and good structural shape, it cost about the same to move it as it would have to buy it and tear it down.

“It's amazing,” says the now less skeptical Taylor of the move her home is making. “I'm giving God all the credit, but I know that he works through people…what they've showed me so far, I have to trust them.”

The house makes its full move this Sunday. It will be a few weeks before Taylor can move back in.

"They promised me they would do it and they've kept their word," Taylor said.

The focus Wednesday was moving the house away from its foundation and onto the street. It's a pretty slow process. It took about an hour to move even just a few feet.

A crowd gathered to watch crews do the delicate work.
"I'm excited to see it move,” said Mike Baldwin, a neighbor who represents the group Save North Side STL. “I'm a little nervous that it holds together. I've seen some not do that."

The house won't be fully moved to its new location until Sunday, February 26. Taylor won't be able to move in until a few weeks after that. Despite the journey, she feels her family is blessed to have the same home – just with a different address.

"We are a family of faith and we had no more influence than any other family in the area but God blessed us and we give him all the glory," Taylor said.

The feds could break ground on the new NGA campus by next January.

(© 2017 KSDK)


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