Cardinals get go-ahead for $220 million ballpark village

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Board of Alderman have approved plans for a $220 million ballpark village that will include a residential tower, office, retail, restaurant and entertainment space near Busch Stadium.

The board approved the plans for the 550,000-square-foot second phase of the project Friday.

The highlight of the construction will be a 29-story glass-and-steel apartment tower, while office and retail space is expected to revitalize the area of downtown around the Cardinals' ballpark.

Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III said in a statement that the club ''appreciates the city's willingness to work with us to help make our shared vision of a world-class, mix-use neighborhood next to Busch Stadium a reality.''

The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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