New renderings and plan released for Ballpark Village expansion

The second phase of Ballpark Village's expansion is expected to break ground by mid-2017.

Tuesday, the Cardinals unveiled plans for a proposed massive expansion at Ballpark Village.

St. Louis Cardinal's president, Bill Dewitt III says he's confident phase two of this new project will finally put the "Village in the Ballpark Village's name"

Two years after phase one of the Ballpark Village brought several new restaurants and bars to Busch Stadium.

An even larger expansion could soon be a reality.

"It's something that we've been thinking about for a long time, ever since we started the planning process for the new ball park which is now 11 years old,"  Dewitt said.

The proposed phase two, a $220-million project would be five times the size of phase one.

Tuesday, developers released renderings that show new additions like a 29-story luxury high-rise apartment tower.

This would be located on Clark and South Broadway.

"It's pretty historic. We're excited about it and it changes the sky line," Dewitt said.

He's expecting the changes to bring in millennials and more.

"For a certain population, they want to have urban living, whether it's the young professionals, or empty nesters or smaller families," Dewitt said.

Other parts of the Phase two would include the first newly built commercial office building downtown since the late 80s and a two-story retail and entertainment building.

"It puts more people on the street, it gives for opportunities for shopping, gives more opportunities for people to live in the neighborhood," said, Jared Opsal Executive Director of Downtown Neighborhood association. "KSDK posted the proposals on our Facebook page earlier.  Some viewers expressed concerns about parking issues."

Developers say the new office building will actually add more than 500 added parking spots.

"We're taking a parking lot and we're adding buildings to it which is always a great thing for a downtown environment"

Developers say the second phase could bring in 1,500 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent new jobs to the area.

They're planning to break ground by the middle of 2017.

 


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