Ballpark Village Developer Defends Parking Lot
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Many city residents are upset about a giant surface parking lot surrounding phase one of Ballpark Village but the site’s developers say they’re working on it.
Cordish Development Director Chase Martin says phase one of the project is smaller due to the economy and market demand but once it opens, Martin says it will demonstrate to those on the sidelines that the project can be a success.
“We have a lot of interest in office. We also have a lot of interest in residential. So we’ll make sure that when we have that opening, we definitely take advantage of it and put the infrastructure in place to allow ourselves to do it,” he says.
“One by one we’ll start to build on each phase,” Martin adds. “Getting open shows what we have in place here and putting the infrastructure in place allows for future phases.”
That infrastructure is currently buried beneath 620 parking spots. Martin says there is no timetable for digging up those spots and expanding Ballpark Village. Phase one is still expected to be done by Opening Day, 2014.
St. Louis Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon says the parking spaces in their current form are temporary and city codes required developers to add parking.
“The zoning code of the city requires that any development codes require that whenever you’re putting in a new use, you have to deal with the parking issue,” Watermon explains. “So the parking that you see here is really just designed to support this development.”