Ballpark Village still untouched, officials blame increased investment scrutiny

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 9:52 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- As of Thursday, there are no shovels in the ground around Ballpark Village. In September, Cardinals President Bill DeWitt said construction would begin by mid-November; even challenging skeptics at the time.

“You can’t be skeptical, you know, if we’re out there with shovels,” he said.

With just one day left in the month, the skeptics would appear to be right as the controversial downtown development hasn’t started. 

DeWitt wasn’t available to talk Thursday, but through a spokesman said the project is in its “due diligence” phase.

According to officials, the organization is still lining up private financing. In this soft economy an economic development project of this magnitude is scrutinized much more closely than five years ago and leaders cite that as the reason for the delay. The new target date to start construction is the end of the year.

At City Hall, despite any past criticisms from aldermen, there’s more hope than gloating.

“Even though I’ve been critical of the financing for the project and think I and the rest of the aldermen are hopeful this project will reach fruition,” said 11 th Ward Alderman Tim Villa

 

 

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