• Ballpark Village Ground Breaking In St.Louis

    Posted by on February 8th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Via the Post-Dispatch -

    After years of false starts, St. Louis Cardinals executives joined their development partners and political leaders on Friday to cheer the groundbreaking of a long-awaited but scaled-down Ballpark Village. And they vowed, despite the stumbles of the past, to continue the development beyond its initial steps and still reshape the neighborhood.

    Ballpark Village’s $100 million first phase calls for two buildings and a canopied space, with a total of 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment outlets to open by spring 2014.

    The spaces are 85 percent leased, the developers say, and a new tenant will be announced Thursday. Other tenants will be announced during construction, according to the developer, Cordish Cos.

    “It’s a relief,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said about finally moving dirt on the site, which sits in the shadow of Busch Stadium.

    Donning a red baseball cap with a Ballpark Village logo, DeWitt III was joined by his father, Cardinals’ chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., Cordish Vice president Blake Cordish and civic leaders as they turned over the ceremonial first shovels of dirt.

    The 10-acre site has remained vacant since the former Busch Stadium was demolished in 2005.

    The first phase features a 30,000-square-foot building, “Cardinals Nation,” which will include a restaurant, a Cardinals hall of fame and museum, and seating for more than 300 with views into the ballpark.

    Nearby, a 20,000-square-foot “Budweiser Brew House,” to be built with a rooftop deck, will also offer views into Busch Stadium.

    In addition, a “Live! At Ballpark Village” venue with a retractable canopy will be open year-round.

    St. Louis is a great baseball town. The Ballpark Village will probably do very well there.

    Comments on Ballpark Village Ground Breaking In St.Louis

    1. MJ Recanati
      February 9th, 2013 | 10:41 am

      I went to college and lived in St. Louis from 1993-1999 and I can tell you that the city LOVES the Cardinals (as do the residents for at least 200 miles in every direction). On game days, this will be a pretty big draw.

      But overall, from October-March, it’ll be a ghost town when the Cards aren’t playing. Downtown St. Louis clears out at 5pm when offices close and no one ever goes downtown for dining/shopping. Only NYC, Boston, Chicago, Philly, and San Francisco can draw people into the city during non-working hours. No one ever sets foot downtown during weekends if there isn’t a baseball (or hockey or football) game.

    2. Raf
      February 9th, 2013 | 1:00 pm

      Will they do something for the Rams? It’s not that far from the Edwards Jones Dome, but it may be far enough to be a pain.

    3. MJ Recanati
      February 11th, 2013 | 9:26 am

      Raf wrote:

      Will they do something for the Rams? It’s not that far from the Edwards Jones Dome, but it may be far enough to be a pain.

      I don’t know if they will do something for the Rams but I don’t think it would make much sense since (1) there is so little overlap between NFL and MLB seasons and (2) football tends to be a tailgating culture in the parking lots. I doubt St. Louisans will walk the 20 minutes from the football stadium to the baseball stadium before or after games.

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