By. Chris Stritzel
Today, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Live! By Loews Hotel at Ballpark Village. It was attended by dignitaries from the Cardinals, Cordish Companies, Loews & Co and the City of St. Louis. The event, which took place on the Busch 2 Infield, marked the official start of structural construction on the hotel building. While the actual groundbreaking for the full Phase 2 development was held back in December 2017, they wanted to hold another for this building. Along with the groundbreaking, we got some new Renderings of the hotel building itself which includes a new view down Clark and interior images.
The whole hotel has the vibe of the “gashouse gang” lounge in the current Phase 1 Building. The dark colors really blend well with simple light colored hotel rooms on the upper floors. Each hotel room has a outline of Busch Stadium 2 along with premium materials and views (except for the western view. That view shows the Busch West Garage). Also included in the new Loews Hotel is a Bourbon Bar where guests can taste many kinds and varieties of bourbon from all over. On Clark Street, the Gashouse Gang Restaurant will be a Cardinal themed restaurant. On floor 2, the terrace lounge will provide beautiful views of Downtown and allow guests to take in the atmosphere of the Ballpark Village area on game days.
Also included is a lobby level great room which will provide drinks and a meeting place for people. It will be one of the first things you see when you enter the hotel.
The hotel is eight floors tall and has 216 four-star hotel rooms. It should be open by February 2020. That is just in time for the 2020 baseball season. Loews hotels and company is paying for the $60 million project. HKS is the architecture firm. This is part of the fees to development. All foundations have been laid out ready to be excavated so the main structure can be built. This groundbreaking event was sort of pointless to have but it’s always nice to have another groundbreaking event.
Loews Hotel is part of the $260 million ballpark Village phase 2 expansion. This includes the 29th floor luxury condo building, One Cardinal Way. And a 10 floor office building, the Pennant Building. There’ll also be a three floor building in between all of them which will be home to One Life Fitness and a grocery store. All three cranes are up on site for this project, which is the largest in the city. To see additional renderings of the building, please view the gallery below. Each photo has a caption to tell you what you were looking at.
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