By. Chris Stritzel
It’s time for another Ballpark Village update on Phase 2. I don’t mean project update photos detailing what has changed but rather what will be in the district upon Phase 2’s completion. Using trustworthy sources, that have been used before, and by having the assurance of people directly involved in the planning process, it’s safe to say that what is said here is happening. So let’s dive right in.
Interesting Materials Indeed...
On September 19th, a firm announced that it will produce thin terra cotta weatherscreens for the Ballpark Village Phase 2 development. Now, this isn’t your typical terra cotta that is glazed or of a brownish tint. This is modern terra cotta meant to look like stone. It will be used on One Cardinal Way and the OneLife Fitness Building. The colors will be along the lines of darker hues. Think dark gray and slate. The colors will be used to add decoration to the buildings and break the all glass facades.
In additon to terra cotta being used, plaster will be used at the Live! By Loews Hotel on an outline of the former Busch Stadium and current Stadium. It is the drawing of how the two overlap. The “mural’ will be 50ft by 30ft and will be on the western facade (as seen in the rendering above). It will be illuminated via a spot light to accentuate the outline of the two stadiums that had called and do call the site home. This is more of less art to improve the building’s over all look. Even the hotel rooms will include a version of this on the walls. The hotel room version will be paint rather than plaster that’s molded.
Elsewhere, the entire site will receive a facelift as well. The asphalt streets in the Ballpark Village development will be removed for red and black pavers. Those pavers will carry over to the sidewalks within the district. These will provide color to the streets and offer something different in an urban development. In addition to this, street and sidewalk lighting will be included in the form of light poles that do not hang over the street. These poles will have a large light bar on them in a vertical position. Over the streets, however, will be two unique signs that are large circles detailing the names “Cardinal Way”, “7th” and “6th”. Other smaller features on the streetscape include the landscaping current parking lots and small water features. It’s also planned that lights will be strung between buildings for a effect reminiscent of Washington Avenue. You can see these changes in the last two renderings if you look close.
A Grocery Store or Convenience Store?
Great news! The OneLife Fitness Building has officially began construction! This is the last building, of Phase 2, to begin construction despite the overall phase starting in December 2017. And while it’s rather small (3 floors and 30,000 square feet), it brings a beautiful design to the district. It’s distinct high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass is iconic while the dark “terra cotta” material is a nice touch to connect the eastern end of the site to the western end. At the base of this building will be a grocery store/market concept. However, it won’t be a full grocery store like Culinaria at 9th and Olive or the recently announced Fields Foods in the Monogram Building. It will be more of a mini-grocery store hence the “market” name.
The market will include fresh foods and basic things such as milk and juice. Other things will include toiletries, cleaning supplies and premade sandwiches that people can purchase and then go sit out on the patio, by the Busch 2 infield, and eat. In all, it will be a store to serve office tenants, hotel guests, gym users and the residents of One Cardinal Way. The market will be a place where people can get small things before they can actually make their way over to Culinaria or Fields Foods. While this concept is still being worked on, it’s expected to make it to the opening of Phase 2. For a development like Ballpark Village, a grocery store of some kind must be included for the sake of convenience especially if future phases are expected.
The OneLife Fitness/Market Building should be open by next June/July (2019).
Office Bet is Paying Off (So Far)
We all know that Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) is the main office tenant in the Pennant Building at Ballpark Village but since the announcement last October, when it was confirmed to Building St. Louis, Office tenants have been kept under the wraps. Now, according to someone close to the Ballpark Village Leasing Team for the office building, another prominent company is looking at space in Downtown’s newest office building. That company? Rawlings. The Chesterfield based company is looking to leave the county and move into the city in a planned move that will bring one of the most recognizable names in Baseball to the heart of Cardinal Nation. This is not a surprise to some since Rawlings has been looking on and off at the Office Building at Ballpark Village, known as the Pennant Building, since last fall.
While nothing has been made official yet, an announcement could be coming in October following the playoffs. Currently, Rawlings is negotiating their space at Ballpark Village and according to the source, “are close to signing a lease”. The Pennant Building itself is a 11 Floor building made up of 1 floor of retail and lobby space, 6 floors of parking and 4 floors of office space. The office space will be the first new Class A space in Downtown since Metropolitan Square opened in 1989. Because it is new space, it is expected to attract new tenants to the city that have been looking into expanding their offices but have focused on Clayton rather than Downtown (mostly due to the "Class" of the buildings). With Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Rawlings already being anchor tenants, the possibility of other known companies moving here is brighter than what it was back when Phase 2 was announced in October 2016.
In October 2017, it was said that the plan by Rawlings was to have a “fan experience” but that never seemed to have gotten anywhere. In fact, Rawlings wasn’t even looking into putting an office in the development at the time. It’s amazing how much things have changed since then for them to make the move.
The Pennant Building is on track to be open by June 2019 to tenants. While no tenants for the retail spaces in this building have been announced, previous plans from last year have showed a Shake Shack in one of the retail spaces. The rendering below also shows a Shake Shack (Green wording at base), but that's hard to see. At least you can see the faint green. A Shake Shack here wouldn’t be out of the park as it has been rumored that Danny Meyer has been scouting a second location for the famous burger stand in his hometown since opening the first St. Louis location in Central West End. Shake Shack could have competition if rumors of a Wahlburger opening here follow through but we won’t know officially until an announcement is made by the Cardinals.
The Tenant List: Ballpark Village Phase 2
- OneLife Fitness
- Power and Life Yoga
- A Market
- Shake Shack*
- The Gashouse Lounge
- Live! by Loews
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC)
*- Partially Confirmed Tenants. Waiting on official word.