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.