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Phase One of Ballpark Village Completed

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Fredbird goofs around before a St. Louis Cardinals press conference Tuesday announcing the completion of phase one of Ballpark Village. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Fredbird goofs around before a St. Louis Cardinals press conference Tuesday announcing the completion of phase one of Ballpark Village. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies are celebrating the completion of the $100 million first phase of Ballpark Village.

Construction crews lifted a one-hundred foot long A-frame roof truss into place Tuesday, to symbolically mark the ceremonial end of the structural steel work on the project. Click HERE to watch a video.

“It can be a little distracting when your office looks right down at a construction site that you’ve been working on,” joked William DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals at the press conference. “Sometimes I had to turn my back on it, so I didn’t just sit there and watch people work.”

The construction team has made significant progress on the project since breaking ground earlier this year, including making significant street improvements around the site, demolishing the Bowling Hall of Fame and Stadium West Parking garage pedestrian bridge, removing the old Busch Stadium pile caps, grading the entire 10-acre site, and installing all of the underground utilities to support the development of the full 10-acre, seven square block project.

“Today was really about pausing briefly to say thanks to all of the workers who are helping make Ballpark Village a reality,” DeWitt said.

The structural steel work is nearly completed and the building will soon be enclosed.

“Our work moves inside as we focus on tenant build out,” said Chase Martin, Ballpark Village Development Director.

More tenants for Ballpark Village should be announced in the next few months, with Ballpark Village expected to open Opening Day 2014.

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