By. Chris Stritzel
Today's edition of the Post-Dispatch brought some new renderings and a whole lot of information that confirms rumors and gives us more information than what we originally wanted. Lets start with the tenants.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the most notable office tenant to move into Ballpark Village will be Pricewaterhouse Cooper, the accounting firm that has been rumored since February to move into the BPV 100 Office Building. They sent in a letter of intent to the Cordish companies to move in when the building is competed in Fall 2019. Another big name will occupy 30,000 square feet of space in the neighboring retail building, it will be a fitness center similar to the one in Kansas City known as One Life Fitness. Lastly, Wahlburger, who recently announced that they would expand into the St/ Louis market, also sent a letter of intent to move into the Village.
No information on the rumored Rawlings Fan Experience has been released.
Now to the square footage, how much leasable space has been taken away by these announcements? Well...
1. Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) will occupy 50,000 square feet of the 120,000 square feet of office space in the 10 floor building. This will also include a 460 car, underground parking garage that will serve the Hotel and Offices that will be on this block.
2. One Life Fitness will occupy 30,000 square feet of retail space on the 3 floor building's upper floors out of the leasable 40,000 square feet of space. The grocery store (AKA, Market), will presumably occupy the remaining 10,000 square feet of space.
3. Left over is the Office/Hotel Building first floor and the Residential Tower's Base. Combined, those two have 34,000 square feet of retail space. No information regarding tenants have been announced for these spaces but Wahlburger could be one of them.
Moving on from tenants and square footage, naming of the buildings have also been released. The office Building we be known as "BPV 100 Office". Simple and a nod to the block system at Ballpark Village. Opposite of the office building, at Clark and 8th, is the Live! By Loews Hotel. The small, 3 floor retail building (up from 2) will be known as "The Market". And the grand prize of them all, the 30 floor residential tower, will be known as "One Cardinal Way Apartments", once again, a nod to its address within the village.
Lets talk about "One Cardinal Way Apartments".
One Cardinal Way Apartments
The centerpiece of Ballpark Village Phase 2 will be this 30 floor residential tower at Clark and Broadway. A modern design will take this building to heights unseen in Downtown since the completion of the Eagleton Courthouse in 2000. The height of this building, to the tip of the roof top framework, will be around 350 feet tall. The tower will also make an impact on the skyline when viewed from the East and South. A skyline impact will also be relevant if viewed from certain areas to the South-West. One Cardinal Way will have 297 Apartment units spread out over 24 floors. At the base level, as said earlier, 10,000 square feet of retail space will be available as well as a parking garage capable of holding 523 cars.
Overall, this tower will make Ballpark Village a "Village" once it is competed in 2020. Yes, you read that right, 2020. Even though this will be the first building to break ground out of Phase 2, due to its height and concrete frame, it will take 2.5 years to complete. That is no problem as a tower crane will be visible downtown for, at most, 2 years.
As seen in the rendering below, One Cardinal Way will look stunning when traveling South on Broadway. The tower has a very urban feel to it, as it should since it is downtown.
In conclusion, we will see construction fully start by the first week on December according to the Cordish Companies and construction wrap up in Early 2020. By then, chances are a Phase 3 will have been announced and/or started by then.
Below is the rendering of the Live! By Loews Hotel that was released back at the beginning of October. This story comes three days before one year since Phase 2 was announced. Below the Image is a button where you can access our Ballpark Village Project Update Page.
By. Chris Stritzel
The first new building in decades on St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park Campus is going to begin construction in 2019. The new 4 Floor Building will replace an existing structure from the 1960s that is not very nice to look at. The new building will be built right up to Oakland in an urban style design. The new building will also be the
Demolition on the current building will begin in 2019 and the new facility supposedly opening in late 2020/early 2021. The project, at least I believe, is a start to changing and modernizing the Forest Park Campus replacing structures that by 2020, will be 60 years old.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
By. Chris Stritzel
As many of you are aware, we introduced a new category on Building St. Louis. That category is Project Updates. So far, we have three pages set up representing three major projects in both the city and county. They are linked at the bottom of the page. We decided to make these pages as accurate as possible as most people will be interested in the bottom line of the projects. These pages will be updated regularly and feature construction images of these projects all the way up to their completion.
All pages feature the same layout. So give them a try for us. Your feedback is valuable! We have more Project Update pages coming soon. They are...
- SSM St. Louis University Medical Center
- City Foundry
- NGA West.
To view the ones that we have currently, click the buttons below to be taken to their respective pages!
By. Chris Stritzel
I was reading the Webster-Kirkwood Times, yesterday and learned of a plan to change Kirkwood dramatically. A new plan is being drawn up to make traditional Downtowns, like Kirkwood, into new businesses and entertainment centers that draw millenials and others to them to explore and stay. It’s all a sign of the changing times and things to come. To keep Kirkwood alive and well, a plan will be drawn to build new things, expand development locations and even take the height limit of 4 floors away thus potentially making Kirkwood an economic powerhouse.
The mayor of Kirkwood sure agrees with the idea of changing the city. So much so, he has put himself on the board to change the city. So what will the project consist of? Lets list it...
- A new entertainment center that will replace some outdated buildings with a movie theater and shops and restaurants.
- Take away the height limit and grow the community upwards in terms of density.
- Make downtown Kirkwood more pedestrian friendly and have more community events planned that draws the community closer together.
- Improve experiences for the Millenial age by doing things that they are interested in.
- Make modern and beautiful affordable housing in Downtown to boost the population.
- Honor the past now.
The concept drawing as we see at the beginning of this post clearly shows us what will become of Downtown Kirkwood in terms of an entertainment district. New government buildings will be mixed with retail to form a new town square. While the plans are still in early development, it is certainly the step in the right direction for Kirkwood. Overtime, a full plan will be released detailing the major plan to make Kirkwood a true powerhouse community and business wise.
But it will be met with opposition.
Building St. Louis received an email regarding this situation from someone detailing themself as a “NIMBY” (Not in my backyard). It reads,
I am concerned about my town. This plan that the government wants to implement will almost certainly raise my taxes and bring new residents in to this town that are not desirable. College kids and millennials, that this plan is trying to draw to Kirkwood, will ruin our quiet community with an overly excessive party attitude. My community and I do not want this atmosphere around our children and grandchildren. That type of attitude and atmosphere is for the City of St. Louis and University City, But Not Kirkwood.
I sure hope this project and plan is not carried out or implemented. For the sake of all things good, I hope this plan is just a vision and not a real thing. If it is real, I will oppose of the plan at every civic meeting. Kirkwood is fine as it is, we don’t need to change. Change brings unwanted issues such as crime and a housing crisis.
In in other words, this plan is rubbish.
For privacy concerns, we will not list the author’s name. Basically, this Downtown Kirkwood Plan will be Met with strong competition. But who am I to say that she is wrong or not? This could be highly beneficial for Kirkwood but who knows. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
By. Chris Stritzel
Do you or someone you know want to stay the night in a hotel room across the street from the team store at Busch Stadium? If you answered yes to this question, you may have the opportunity to do so by Fall 2019. In a press release by Loews Hotels at 9 A.M. Central Time, plans for the $65 Million Live! By Loews Hotel were released. Plans call for the building to be 8 floors high and be situated at the corner of 8th and Clark and be part of the Phase 2 Development.
The Loews Hotel is also a significant piece in Downtown St. Louis revitalization. It will be the one hotel that will stick out among the 6 other proposed or underway hotels even though it will be 8 floors tall. The reason? Because Loews is quite picky on where they go. Most of the time, they choose city's that are booming or have a high tourism count. St. Louis classifies as a "booming" city and having Loews come and join in on our revitalization really should make us feel good.
Coming in at 216 Hotel Rooms, the Live! By Loews - St. Louis Hotel will bring a modern twist on what a luxury hotel is. It is not your normal boutique hotel that we see popping up around Downtown. Loews Hotels are different and are designed to promote a good life style in a simple environment. It is what makes them unique. Special amenities coming with this hotel are as follows...
The Hotel is part of the $260 Million Ballpark Village Phase 2 Project. The Project will include a 30 Floor, Luxury Apartment Building at Clark and Broadway featuring 300 units. In the middle of the project, a two floor entertainment building will rise with a ground floor grocery store. 7th Street will be connected to Clark as part of this project and then the first Office Building built in Downtown since 1989 will rise directly behind the Loews Hotel, on the same block. That building will feature 117,000 square feet of office space. The main tenant for the office portion is PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) who will announce their moving in the coming weeks.
Construction is expected to start on the whole of Phase 2 in December and wrap up 20 months later in 2019.
Additional Images of Phase 2 from last Week.
Live! By Loews Development Information
Location: 700 Clark Street @ Ballpark Village
Cost: $65 Million
Floor Count: 8
Room Count: 216
Meeting Rooms?: Yes
Developer: Cordish Companies and St. Louis Cardinals
Owner: Loews Hotels and Cordish Companies
Part of: Ballpark Village
Construction Start: December 2017
Construction End: Fall 2019
To stay up to date on this project, click the button below to be taken to our "Ballpark Village Project Update" Page.
By. Chris Stritzel
Yesterday, we broke the news after receiving the word that accounting firm, PricewaterCooper, more commonly referred to as PwC will be moving their St. Louis office into the 12 Floor Office Building at Ballpark Village. This comes just days after renderings leaked in a real Estate event hosted by CBRE showed the PwC logo on the planned office building. The rumor of PwC moving into Ballpark Village has been around since February when PwC extended their lease on their current office space at the Bank of America Building until 2019, when Phase 2 is supposed to be completed. With the rendering and confirmation from an employee within PwC, it is safe to say the PwC will be calling Ballpark Village home.
Also with the leaked Renderings, a Rawlings logo is shown making its mark on the planned structure. The little bit of information regarding this is that Rawlings WILL NOT move their offices into Ballpark Village as a whole, but rather will focus on a fan experience. What exactly that means remains a mystery. However, in regards to Rawlings moving their offices, the possibility remains high as the building is 12 Floors fall and PwC won’t occupy all of that. So we are not going to call the office portion rumor dead as of yet. But the fan experience can be confirmed.
Furthermore, an official announcement date has not yet been finalized but according to our source inside of PwC, the announcement will come in the form of a Statement put out by the Cardinals and the Cordish Companies in mid-October. Roughly a year after Phase 2 was announced (10/25/16). Until that statement is released, we are going to hold the PwC employee’s News as a “confirmation notice”.
The Cardinals will be holding an event on December 31st that will likely be either the groundbreaking or formal unveiling of the project. Formal unveiling as in how the full finished project will look.
Name: Ballpark Village Office Building & Live! Hotel
Location: 700 Cardinals Way (700 Clark Street)
Floor Count: 12
Cost: $90 Million
Groundbreaking: December 2017
Completion: Early 2019
Developer(s): Cordish Companies and St. Louis Cardinals
Owner(s): Cordish Companies and St. Louis Cardinals
Real Estate Management/Broker: CBRE
Part of: Ballpark Village
Nearest Transit Center: Stadium MetroLink
Nearby Points of Interest: Gateway Mall, Busch Stadium, Scottrade Center, Gateway Arch
By. Chris Stritzel
Today, after a while of being on the old design, I decided to update to Version 6. Version 6 brings a new design that is simpler and looks better across all platforms. The new design also makes searching the website even easier as you can access it at the top of every single page and post on Building St. Louis. While the main design and features remains the same, post designs are quite different and will require a little time getting used to (when viewed on desktop).
Version 6 will help pave the path for our Map, Data and History categories that will be introduced in the coming weeks. History will include the History of things in our region that have since disappeared. Maps and Data will be featured in each individual post from October 1st onward.
There are some issues though in this update that will require a little time to fix up. The most common issue is "The Archives" date selector not working correctly, and in some cases, not showing up. Other issues include the search button not recognizing that you would like to search. If this happens, please try to refresh the page. If it continually doesn't work, please contact me on my profile which can be found under "Information".
Below are two more views of the new design. The Blog Archive Page and the new menu bar.
By. Chris Stritzel
11 Months after announcing Phase 2 of Ballpark Village, The Cardinals and Cordish Companies are appearing to move forward with the project. This time, two tenants are featured in renderings showing new building design and layout. There has also been a height bump for both the office building and the Residential Tower.
First things first, this information came out of a flyer sent around by both the Cardinals and CBRE, the real estate firm managing the office portion of Ballpark Village. The Business Journal obtained the flyer and wrote about it. The Office Portion has been rumored to be the next home of downtown firm PwC. This rumor came about in February when PwC only signed a lease on their current office until Phase 2 is completed in 2019. This was confirmed by the new renderings but not by the Cardinals or PwC itself.
The second tenant is Rawlings. While there have ben no rumors about this one, some people view this idea as a strong possibility as Ballpark Village would tie well with what Rawlings does. One tenant missing is Fox Sports Midwest. In the "Phase 3" Rendering that we saw last November, Fox Sports was shown as the tenant leading many to believe that Fox Sports would be a tenant of the project. Any indication of this has yet to be announced.
New with these renderings is the inclusion of a Live! Hotel.
The Hotel will be the first of its kind in the Midwest and be situated 7th and Clark. The hotel room count is expected to be 220. Live! Hotels are 4 Star Hotels. This portion of the project got a reduced height to 8 floors and has a different design than the office portion. The office Portion has 12 Floors. Furthermore, the office Building has a sky bridge connected to the 2 floor Entertainment Building. I cannot figure our what that is for.
In regards to the Residential Tower, it is now set at 30 floors and will be situated on top of a Parking Garage. The Office Building will have its own underground garage. The tower's final height is expected to be 355 feet tall. Besides that, the tower received a design revision making it slightly more geometric. It retains its thin design as seen below (up against Broadway).
Finally, the new plans reveal how many retail/restaurant spaces there will be in this Phase. There will be only 8 Retail spaces. That is a letdown. Lobby count is at 4 (2 Office [1 Public and 1 Private], 1 Hotel and 1 Residential). Parking Garage Entrances will also be located along Cardinal Way and Broadway. Furthermore, the price per square foot of office space is close to $28. A shockingly high number for Downtown St. Louis but it is on par with that of Clayton.
Until the Cardinals release clearer renderings, possibly by the Post-Season, the rumors stay afloat and the hopes of getting Ballpark Village built out soar. Below are the other renderings of the project including a comparison in regards to the Office/Hotel Block.
The Cardinals have announced a special event for the 31st of December at Ballpark Village regarding Phase 2. According to reports, the event will reveal the newest plans and the tenants of the office building. This could also be a groundbreaking event but possibilities of this are low to none. Here is the invite posting below.
Other Images of the Building Coming Soon!
By. Chris Stritzel
When I redesigned the website in June of this year, I did so with the future in mind. I designed it with a “Menu” button that made it easy to see all tabs on one page without having to view a “more” notification. It’s basically simplification of controls. But with the future in mind as I redesigned it, I know that it would be quite handy. Today, I am excited to announce the design and development of 4 new categories for the website.
Each of them will be interconnected in more ways than one and will define this website’s legacy for years after I stop writing for it. Let’s dig into it.
1. Maps: Soon to be included in every post from October 1st and Beyond, and Projects Page is a handy feature known as maps. Each story will have the location of the building or site for future construction for reference. Each map will be created using Google MyMaps. Furthermore, a new technology map will be included that will be a graph of sorts that will tell you the blocks or miles it is away from landmarks or transit stations. Handy!
2. Data: Just as it sounds. Launching along side of Maps will be data that will give the reader specific numbers in regards to the building that will either be brought back to life or built. Data will include things such as height, cost, floor count, use and more.
3. History: A New Tab coming later this fall will target multiple historical things in the city that are unrelated to the buildings of the Central Corridor. The historic things that will go here will be Statues, Parks and Monuments as well as houses of significance. Each will have their own story in a fun layout that will feature maps as well. It will also provide data as to when it was built and, if it is a statue or monument, the reason for the construction of it.
4. Buildings: Very simple. This page will be launching in late fall of this year and will provide stories about buildings long gone but not forgotten as well as buildings that have been recently brought back to life or in the works.
There you have it! Building St. Louis will be entirely changed by time the winter rolls around. All content will be written based on research and perfected until it is accurate. A test of the Buildings category will be available this week as a normal post but not on its own page. So be on the look out for that!