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020813 Bp v Press Release

020813 Bp v Press Release

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Cardinals & Cordish announce phase one of ballpark village in downtown St. Louis Missouri
Cardinals & Cordish announce phase one of ballpark village in downtown St. Louis Missouri

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For Immediate Release
CARDINALS AND CORDISH BREAK GROUND ON BALLPARK VILLAGE 
Construction Commences on $100 Million First Phase That is Scheduled to Be Completed by Opening Day 2014
ST. LOUIS (February 8, 2013)
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies broke ground this morning onBallpark Village, a mixed-use development on 10-acres adjacent to Busch Stadium. A group of team officials,project participants, and civic leaders commenced work on the $100 million first-phase of the development withthe symbolic turning of dirt with commemorative shovels.
“We are excited to break ground on this project
as we look
forward to Opening Day 2014,” said Bill DeWitt Jr.,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Lo
uis Cardinals. “Ballpark Village
promises to be a great extensionof the Cardinals brand, providing the best fans in the game with an unrivaled downtown experience every day of the year
.”
 The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the exact spot that will be transformed into the vibrant heart of thedistrict
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a location that in just over a year’s time will house
over 100,000 square feet of retail and entertainmentspace including
Cardinals Nation
, the
Budweiser Brew House,
and the
Live! At Ballpark Village
marketplace.
 Cardinals Nation
will be a first-of-its-kind venue in baseball totaling over 30,000 square feet on three levels. It willinclude a two story restaurant, a retail store, a Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, a special events space, and a300-plus seat, ticketed rooftop deck with views into Busch Stadium. A second building will house a 20,000 squarefoot three-story
Budweiser Brew House
with a festive rooftop party deck also offering views into Busch Stadium.The two signature structures will be joined by the
Live! At Ballpark Village
marketplace, an indoor marketplace witha retractable canopy covering the event space, designed to be a vibrant gathering space throughout the year forthousands of visitors.
“Ballpark Village
will be a gold standard development in keeping with one of the great sports franchises and great
fan bases in the world,”
s
aid Blake Cordish, Vice President of Development for Cordish Companies. “
We are eagerto deliver a best-in-class development that captures the uniqueness of St. Louis and the
Cardinals.”
 Ballpark Village will serve as an entertainment center for the region, attracting 6 million-plus visitors year-round.The $100 million first phase also includes all of the streets, parking and site infrastructure to support the futurephases of the seven-block mixed-use project, allowing the city to market pad-ready sites ripe for development. Thedevelopment team expects future phases of Ballpark Village to include additional retail and entertainment venues,as well as commercial office space and residential units.
This is a great day for downtown St. Louis and our entire region
,” said Honorable Francis Slay, the Mayor of St.Louis. “Ballpark Village will now fill a vacant space with businesses, workers and residents, adding to our ‘come
early, stay lat
e,’ environment. We appreciate the
Cardinals and Cordish weathering a struggling economy to bring
Ballpark Village to life.”
 
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The development team remained committed to the project despite difficult economic conditions, includingchallenging credit markets. In order to the get the project underway, the St. Louis Cardinals and the CordishCompanies made additional financial commitments to the project, including committing to purchase all of thepublic infrastructure bonds.
“I am very grateful that our persistence has paid off,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “I am thrilled to
be moving into the construction phase of this project
.”
The project is expected to have a positive impact on the local economy with nearly a thousand construction jobsand nearly 500 permanent jobs expected to be created as part of the initial phase alone. The construction of additional phases of Ballpark Village should also have a positive impact on both the local economy andemployment picture.To assist with fostering a strong entrepreneurial economy, as well as more investment in the city, the developmentteam made a $100,000 charitable donation to the Arch Grants effort to attract innovative start up development.The donation was made possible at closing thanks to the assistance of new market tax credits from US Bank, one of the financing partners of the project. The development team expects to make additional tenant announcementsover the next year, with the first of those announcements slated for next Thursday.
Ballpark Village (#bpv)
The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals
vision for their investment indowntown St. Louis that began with the opening of the privately financed, $411 Busch Stadium in 2006. BallparkVillage is a mixed-use retail, entertainment, office, and residential district being developed in partnership by the St.Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Companies. Spanning seven city blocks on the 10-acre site just north of BuschStadium, Ballpark Vill
age will be the country’s first fully integrated mixed
-use development designed to deliver theexcitement and energy of the game day experience to a new neighborhood outside the stadium walls.
 The Cordish Companies
For generations, the Cordish family has g
rown The Cordish Companies into one of the world’s leading real estate
development companies and a diverse group of successful entertainment-operating businesses. CordishCom
panies’ entertainment and mixed
-use projects include the Kansas City Power & Light District, Louisville FourthStreet Live, and The Power Plant & Pier IV in Baltimore.
 
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