550,000 Square Foot Project to Create Thousands of Jobs and Include 29-Story High-Rise Luxury Residential Tower with Ballpark Views and First New Construction Class-A Office Building Downtown Since 1989
Announcement Video: Ballpark Village Phase II
Plans Video: Ballpark Village Phase II
The St. Louis Cardinals announced plans for a $260 million, 550,000 square foot second phase of Ballpark Village which will include the construction of a 29-story luxury high-rise residential tower, the first new Class-A office building built in downtown St. Louis in nearly thirty years, and additional retail, restaurant and entertainment space.
"We are very excited about the second phase of Ballpark Village," said Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. "Our vision of a mixed-use neighborhood where people live, work and play will become a reality. This is a real game-changer for the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri."
The second phase of Ballpark Village will complete a full build-out of Clark Street with a 29-story glass and steel residential apartment tower on the east end, and a large Class-A office building on the west end, as well as additional retail and entertainment in between, transforming Clark Street into one of the most unique city streets in all of major league sports.
The residential apartment tower will be a modern, 29-story, 230 foot tall, luxury high-rise apartment building at the corner of Clark and Broadway that will offer views of the Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River, the St. Louis skyline, and unobstructed views directly into Busch Stadium.
The Class A office building at the corner of Clark and 8th Street will sit right across from the bronze statues on the NW corner of Busch Stadium, and will also include structured parking below, and street level retail and restaurants. It will be the first "new construction" office building built in downtown St. Louis in more than a generation (Metropolitan Square opened in 1989).
Also in Phase II will be a signature two-story retail marketplace and entertainment venue overlooking the existing Busch II Field, the signature "open space" of Ballpark Village. The marketplace will include diverse food options and other amenities to support the new office and residential tenants in the project.
The bill being filed today seeks approval from the city of St. Louis to amend the existing development agreement that enabled the first phase of Ballpark Village. With approval of a short amendment, the development team will have the green light to initiate a second phase that is substantially more ambitious than the highly successful 100,000 square foot, $100 million first-phase that opened in the spring of 2014.
"The second phase of Ballpark Village is more than five times the scale of the first phase of Ballpark Village," said 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar who is sponsoring the legislation. "This bill will enable one of our city's most successful companies to expand their investment in downtown St. Louis and build on the incredibly strong momentum established with the new ballpark and the first phase of Ballpark Village."
To make the large downtown project a reality, the development team is proposing to use a portion of the new tax revenue generated solely within the Ballpark Village project area, including an additional self-imposed 1% TDD sales tax, to underwrite the bonds issued to support project infrastructure costs. Only taxes generated by the Ballpark Village project itself, as well as private equity and debt investments by the development team, will be used to finance Ballpark Village.
In addition to generating revenue to support the expansion of Ballpark Village, the second phase is expected to generate millions in additional tax revenue for the city of St. Louis, the St. Louis Public School District, and the state of Missouri.
"The Cardinals have built a world-class franchise, a stellar team, and an incredible fan experience, bolstered by Ballpark Village. Phase II marks another strong investment by the Cardinals and demonstrates their commitment to the City of St. Louis," said Francis G. Slay, the Mayor of St. Louis. "The growing footprint of this top-notch, regional entertainment destination will put more people to work and give more people another place to play Downtown. I am excited to see the Cardinals add another quality project to the building boom that's happening throughout our City."
Just as the first phase of Ballpark Village created more than 1,000 construction jobs and 1,700 permanent new jobs when it opened, the second phase of Ballpark Village stands to create 1,500 construction jobs and more than 1,000 permanent new jobs.
"The men and women of the skilled trades took tremendous pride in building Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village," said Jeff Aboussie, the former Secretary Treasurer of the St. Louis Building Trades Council. "Big projects like this are about more than just creating jobs, they are about providing an opportunity to develop a career in a highly skilled trade, and they strengthen our community thanks to a strong focus on construction workforce inclusion."
Ballpark Village Phase 1 exceeded the diversity and inclusion participation goals established by the city of St. Louis, with more than 26% of the construction work on the core and shell being done by certified minority contractors (MBEs) and over 8% of work conducted by women owned contracting firms (WBEs).
"While we exceeded all of our diversity and inclusion goals with the construction of the first phase of Ballpark Village, we intend to take it to a higher level with the next phase," said Zed Smith, Chairman of the Ballpark Village Community Inclusion Committee. "It is very important to us to ensure that our entire community benefits from the investments we are making in our urban core."
In addition to exceeding the goals set forth by the city, the Ballpark Village development team took additional steps beyond the development agreement with the city to promote diversity and inclusion during construction of phase one of Ballpark Village.
Within the seven-page piece of legislation that is being introduced today, the Ballpark Village development team has included language to amend the development agreement to require additional inclusion provisions consistent with what they voluntarily undertook in phase 1 in order to raise the standards for racial and gender equity in local construction.
Ballpark Village has been the model we have encouraged others to follow, a proven way to help create an inclusive hiring process," said Michael Holmes, Executive Director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE). "We have encouraged other businesses to follow their lead. Their approach enabled them to achieve a level of workforce diversity that we rarely see in similar projects."
Ballpark Village was the first project of its kind in the St. Louis region in which St. Louis City's employment and training agency (SLATE) established an on-site office. Staff there assisted with the hiring of all employees throughout the development, ensuring that minorities and City residents had equal access to jobs and were fairly represented within the workforce.
"The expansion of Ballpark Village will have a very positive impact on downtown, just like the first phase did," said Missy Kelley, Chief Executive Officer of Downtown STL. "It is particularly exciting to see both high-end, luxury residential and the Class-A office space coming downtown as we need more of both of these types of investments to continue to strengthen the heart of our region."
Plans call for construction to get underway during the second half of 2017. While some areas might open in 2018, the entire second phase of Ballpark Village should be finished by 2019.
The construction of Ballpark Village represents the next step in the Cardinals' vision for downtown St. Louis that began with the opening of the new $411 million privately-financed Busch Stadium in 2006. Located on 10-acres north of Busch Stadium, Ballpark Village is the first master-planned development designed around a new Major League Ballpark.
Loews Hotels & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corporation (NYSE: L), announced plans to build its first ever St. Louis hotel, which will be part of Ballpark Village's $260 million expansion project. Ballpark Village, developed by the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies, is a mixed-use dining and entertainment district adjacent to Busch Stadium. The hotel will debut as Live! by Loews - St. Louis, MO, a partnership between Loews Hotels & Co., The Cordish Companies and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Live! by Loews hotel concept was developed jointly by two of the most prominent and respected names in hospitality and entertainment: Loews Hotels & Co and The Cordish Companies. Loews Hotels & Co has been a leader in the hotel industry for more than sixty years, offering distinctive experiences to its guests, for business, group, leisure and family travelers. The Cordish Companies' Live! brand has set a new national standard in dining, hospitality and entertainment destinations, welcoming over 50 million visitors annually to its entertainment districts.
"Expanding the Live! by Loews name in St. Louis, with partners like The Cordish Companies, the DeWitt family and the St. Louis Cardinals, allows Loews the opportunity to add a unique and immersive hotel into our portfolio ," said Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co. "Cardinals fans are some of the most loyal and best in Major League Baseball, and we look forward to having a hotel in the epicenter of the already successful Ballpark Village."
The $65 million hotel will bring an upscale hospitality experience to downtown St. Louis. Located directly across from Busch Stadium at the intersection of Clark and 8th Streets, Live! by Loews - St. Louis, MO will be a celebration of the rich history of St. Louis, a spectacular destination for sports fans, families, and visitors, as well as a premier location for meetings and special events. The 8-story hotel tower is part of a dynamic plan to complete a full build-out of Clark Street, transforming it into one of the most unique city streets in all of professional sports. "We are thrilled to partner with Loews Hotels & Co. on their first St. Louis hotel," stated Bill DeWitt III, President of the St. Louis Cardinals. "Live! by Loews - St. Louis, MO will be an incredible anchor for Ballpark Village and a tremendous step forward in fulfilling our vision of creating a world-class mixed-use destination next to Busch Stadium."
Designed by internationally-acclaimed HKS Architects Hospitality Studio, the exterior architecture and interior design will be influenced by local St. Louis character, including inspiration used for Busch Stadium. Live! by Loews - St. Louis, MO will feature:
"Loews Hotels & Co is one of the most respected names in hospitality," stated Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. "We are extremely excited to welcome Loews to Ballpark Village and are thrilled to be growing Live! by Loews to another iconic sports anchored destination."
Live! by Loews - St. Louis, MO will become the second hotel to carry the Live! by Loews name. The first announced location, Live! by Loews - Arlington, TX, will open in the heart of the Arlington Entertainment District between the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park and the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. Live! by Loews - Arlington, TX will anchor the $250 million world-class Texas Live! dining, entertainment and hospitality destination being developed in partnership between The Cordish Companies, the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington.
Over the past three years, Loews Hotels & Co has expanded its Midwest presence, with the additions of Loews Chicago, Loews Chicago O'Hare and Loews Minneapolis. Earlier this year Loews announced the 800-room, Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel, which will open in early 2020.
"We're excited to welcome Loews Hotels & Co to St. Louis," stated Mayor Lyda Krewson, City of St. Louis, MO. "Whether you're taking in a Cardinals game, here on business, or touring the city, we're confident the hospitality at Live! by Loews will provide visitors a great stay and be a wonderful addition to BallparkVillage."
The 550,000 square foot second phase of Ballpark Village being developed in partnership between the St. Louis Cardinals and The Cordish Companies will feature a 29-story luxury high-rise apartment tower, the first Class-A office building built in downtown St. Louis in nearly thirty years, an upscale, full-service Live! by Loews convention hotel, as well as additional retail and entertainment. Just as the first phase of Ballpark Village created more than 1,000 construction jobs and 1,700 permanent new jobs when it opened, the second phase of Ballpark Village stands to create 1,500 construction jobs and more than 1,000 permanent new jobs. Plans call for construction to get underway by the end of this year.