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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This time next year, Cardinal fans should be enjoying the first phase of Ballpark Village.   The mixed-use development marked a milestone Tuesday morning when construction workers hoisted the last of seven A-frame roof trusses for the first building.

The 100 million dollar project will house restaurants including Cardinals Nation and the Budweiser Brew House, a Cardinals museum and a public market place under a giant retractable roof.  It is across Clark Street from Busch Stadium.

The baseball team and its partner Cordish Company broke ground for the project at the end of January 2013 and plan to be in business by opening day in April 2014.  The first phase included work on infrastructure for much of the ten acre project.  A parking lot now coversland designated for future development.

“We’ve got high hopes that future phasing will be even bigger and better than phase one,” said Bill DeWitt III, Cardinals President.  DeWitt and his father, Bill DeWitt Jr. plan Ballpark Village to be a year round attraction.

“When we built Busch Stadium we felt that Ballpark Village would be an integral part of the whole development and so it’s really great to be at this point in the project,” said the senior DeWitt after he had watched the roof truss gently dropped into place.

A retractable roof will give the venue some flexibility.  Developers plan to sponsor free entertainment to draw crowds.  Ron Watermon, Director of Public Relations for the Cardinals, describes the facility as nearly comparable to the retail and entertainment space available along the city’s Washington Avenue entertainment district.

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