ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Construction work in Ballpark Village reached a significant milestone Tuesday morning as the final piece of structural steel was lowered into place on the $100 million first phase of the development.
St. Louis Cardinals team officials and representatives of the developer Cordish Companies hosted a ceremony at 10 a.m. to witness the nearly 100-foot-long A-frame roof truss placed on the northern end of the retractable skylight roof opening.
This marked the end of structural steel work on the project.
Ballpark Village was in the planning stages for years, but slowed by the economic downturn and other roadblocks. Construction finally began earlier this year on phase one of the project just outside of Busch Stadium. In that short amount of time, construction crews have made street improvements around the site, demolished the Bowling Hall of Fame and Stadium West Parking garage pedestrian bridge, removed the old Busch Stadium pile caps, graded the entire 10-acre site, and installed underground utilities to support the development.
Phase 1 of Ballpark Village is expected to be ready by Opening Day 2014, with restaurants and drinking establishments already attached to open.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.