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Phase 2 of Ballpark Village spurring excitement among downtown workers

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Rendering of Ballpark Village Phase 2 (Credit: Ballpark Village) Rendering of Ballpark Village Phase 2 (Credit: Ballpark Village)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The announcement of phase 2 of Ballpark Village has spurred excitement in the city, especially among downtown workers.

The new residence phase, announced Tuesday, fits more in line with the original vision for center presented to the public several years ago; a place for people to work, play and live.     

That’s music to the ears of those who work in the heart of the city, who say they're tired of the downtown area turning into a ghost town when the 9-to-5 crowd calls it a day and goes home.

One concern is the cannibalizing effect a new entertainment district may have on established areas like Washington Avenue, but residents told News 4 they aren’t worried.

“I think it's going to draw more people downtown from all areas,” said Cully Eisenbeis, a worker at Fleishman Hillard downtown. “They’ll spend money downtown, go to other establishments downtown.”

“I was excited,” added Mallory Tuckey. “I just moved to St. Louis not too long ago and I’m excited about new things to do.”

Some also hope the development can spur more activity downtown following the departure of the Rams. Losing one third of the of the city’s sports attractions left a significant hole, and Ball Park Village could act as a new draw for residents.

Construction is scheduled to get underway during the latter half of next year. Parts of it will be open in 2018 and the entire phase two should be finished by 2019.    

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