Despite delays, developer says Ballpark Village can transform downtown

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 4:54 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The entire Ballpark Village was originally supposed to be finished two years ago, but construction has just started on the project's first phase. News 4's Craig Cheatham asked the developer and the Cardinals what went wrong, and what lies ahead.

Chase Martin, development director for the Cordish Companies, has had his hands full with a long-overdue development.

"Every project is unique, every project has a different life cycle and life span," Martin said. "This project had various different complications, various different false starts, and now we're excited to get going on this one."

The developer, and the Cardinals, often point to Kansas City's "Power and Light District" as an example of Cordish's vision and the power of a major development to transform the downtown of a big city. But officials in Kansas City say the project has delivered far less traffic and sales than projected when construction began seven years ago.

Despite these apparent shortcomings, Cordish and the Cardinals insist it's a success story that can be improved in St. Louis.

"I think that, by any standard, the project itself has been a success," Martin said."By every indication, we should be able to take that to another level."

The Cardinals, and Cordish, insist Ballpark Village can still be the type of project that transforms downtown St. Louis.

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