October 25, 2013

Ballpark Village Finds Local Design Inspiration

Come opening day 2014, the St. Louis Cardinals will finally unveil its longtime vision — Ballpark Village.

The $100 million, 73,000-square-foot development is just the first phase of what’s supposed to be a multi­phase project, designed to entertain fans adjacent to Busch Stadium. The development is on track to be completed on schedule.

Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. took the lead on the development of Ballpark Village and created designs unique to St. Louis, using historic downtown buildings as inspiration.

For example, Chase Martin, development director with Cordish, said the architecture will use elements similar to those found in the Cupples buildings. The first phase so far includes three tenants set to oc­cupy 58,000 square feet of space: Anheuser-Busch Brewhouse, a 20,000-square-foot beer garden and restaurant; Cardinals Nation, a 30,000-dquare-foot restaurant and hall of fame museum; and PBR St. Louis, an 8,000-square-foot cowboy bar.

Martin said it’s unclear when the remaining phases will be completed to finish what was originally estimated as a $650 million project. The remaining phases are dependent on securing financing. But he did say in­frastructure was in place for future development such as a residential tower and more retail or office spaces. The Cordish Companies is the developer on the proj­ect while Paric serves as the general contractor.

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