Property owners filled the courtroom in the old St. Louis Civil Courts Building on Thursday.
It had taken a long time to get to this day.
Several of the residents who lived or owned property within the site of what will be the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new $1.75 billion facility fought to get more money. Others were simply tied up with title issues or liens.
"I’ve been waiting for this day and dreading it," Adrienne Harris said.
Harris runs an adult daycare business out of 2525 Benton St., in the home her mother bought more than 40 years ago.