ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – After years of delays and the doubts of many, the Cardinals are going to break-ground on Ballpark Village later today.
Some of the dirt from what was a parking lot, softball field and drainage pond has already been moved, but the long-awaited ceremonial groundbreaking will take place at 11 o’clock this morning.
The $100 million first phase will include a brew house, an entertainment area, a restaurant, Cardinals Hall of Fame and a seating area overlooking Busch Stadium.
The Cardinal aim to have all that completed by spring 2014.
Downtown Partnership President Maggie Campbell says the village is adding to the buzz already going around downtown. “By our stadium this land has been left empty, left waiting investment and energy to happen there, its really going to happen.”
Campbell says she sees Ballpark Village as just another attraction supporting downtown. “The fact is, it gives people more things to experience, reasons to extend their stay.” She says she doesn’t think the village will take away from other emerging downtown attractions, like the MX movie theater or the proposed National Blues Museum.
In fact, Campbell says the delays to Ballpark Village may have been a blessing in disguise.
“It has allowed the MX development to get open and get established,” Campbell said. “Ballpark Village is going to take a little while to actually get built, so we have the opportunity to grow into this.” Campbell says she hopes it’s built so you can’t tell where Ballpark Village ends and the rest of downtown begins.