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by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 8, 2013 - It was a day that many thought would never come and that Ballpark Village would never happen. After nearly ten years in the making, Cardinals play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin, stated that "One thing we should know about the St. Louis Cardinals is that they are a team and organization that never gives up."
In his remarks, McLaughlin noted that despite a very difficult economy and challenges along the way, the results of the combined efforts of many people would be nothing short of spectacular. "As our community celebrates its 250 birthday next year, we will cut the ribbon on Ballpark Village, which will be a real game changer for our downtown St. Louis area.
McLaughlin outlined plans for the first phase of the $100 million project revealed in today's announcement. Ballpark Village is anticipated to be completed by Opening Day 2014 and will include the construction of 100,000 sq. feet of retail and entertainment space along Clark Street next to Busch Stadium.
Mayor Francis G. Slay highlighted recent developments in downtown St. Louis including the opening of the Peabody Opera House, the renovation of Central Library, a new St. Louis University Law School, the Mercantile Exchange (MX), CityArch River and now Ballpark Village (blocks 200 & 300).
Mayor Slay noted that existing downtown service, retail and restaurance businesses will benefit from an environment that is attractive and teaming with people, who come earlier, stay longer and patronize not just Ballpark Village but other businesses in downtown St. Louis. The mayor also promised more utility work, parking streetscaping, sidewalks, lighting and public space and other new infrastruture in the area that will make this attractive for everyone.
"Ballpark Village fills a vacant property with businesses, workers, and residents who contribute to the environment in downtown St. Louis," stated Mayor Slay.
The Mayor also eagerly announced that the Cordish Company of Baltimore and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a $100,000 donation to the the Arch Grants, a local effort which is investing in startup companies in downtown St. Louis.
"Let's get started," he concluded.
Blake Cordish, Vice President the Cordish Company, said that this project represented the gold standard for St. Louis and the region with anchor tenants including Cardinal Nation, the Budweiser Brewhouse and Live.
"Our vision for Ballpark Village is to create a game day experience that is unparalleled in major league baseball. They plan to create a district that will be active 365 days of the year with over 100 major free events including festivals, concerts, art fairs and family days so that the City of St. Louis, its community, visitors and conventioneers can celebrate," stated Cordish.
"Our goal is to be the living room for the St. Louis community," he concluded.
William DeWitt, III, President, St. Louis Cardinals, who was part of the Ballpark design team, referred to the anticipation of this phase like Christmas morning. "You don't get to play with your presents until next year, so you're reading the directions and we still have to get it done."
"I think our fans will enjoy seeing the cranes go up across from Gate Five. Usually, when you have a body of water named after you, it's a compliment. He smiled adding that "Lake DeWitt" never had the same cache. With the first phase, I promised you it will look much different," he stated smiling broadly.
Details of the project include:
The construction of the approximately $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village will create more than 1,000 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs.
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