By Ashley Yarchin
St. Louis (KSDK) - Did you know that a Ballpark Village already exists? That's what some say about a part of downtown just west of Busch Stadium.
A dilapidated building has the perfect view of the main gate at the ballpark, and that's the reason it's now getting a lot of attention.
Andrew Weil is the executive director of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis, and he has some beef with the people who've allowed the Cupples #7 building to become an eyesore, as well as those who have proposed a demolition of it in favor of more parking.
"It's the sort of thinking that has punched massive holes all throughout this city," said Weil.
Cupples #7 was constructed in 1909. It's a component of a larger freight warehouse collection known as Cupples Station, created because it's just north of the train tracks.
Last year things went from bad to worse. When the interior infrastructure fell down, the road blocks went up, and the building ended up in foreclosure.
Now, it's the only one in the Cupples Station complex that has not been rehabilitated.
"Yeah it's a little frustrating. Our patrons don't know how to get to us all the time," said Karl Scheck.
Scheck is the manager at the new Envy at the Park across from Cupples #7. He loves what Weil would like the place to become.
"I think we need to open our eyes and recognize that we already have a village in the works here," said Weil.
He points out the infrastructure, sewer system, sidewalks, street lights, highway access, and major landmarks are already in place. Just a bit of sprucing up is in order.
"You can see Stan the Man, he's already to strike a homerun straight up Spruce Street, right at us," said Scheck.
Weil says any day now Cupples #7 will be opened up to developers since no court has allowed the historic landmark to be torn down.