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Ballpark Village: A narrative timeline

Ballpark Village: A narrative timeline

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DEC. 17, 2000

"Our No. 1 objective is for this to be developed in a way that supports downtown St. Louis and enhances the experience our fans have when they come to the new ballpark." — then-Cardinals President Mark Lamping.

"Call us when you get your ballpark financed, and we'll be knocking on your door." — Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III, quoting what developers were saying to him.

JUNE 21, 2001

"If downtown were a shopping center, this would be a Nordstrom's department store." — Dick Fleming, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

DEC. 16, 2003

"Imagine the urban experience of shopping or dining in the Ballpark Village, hearing and seeing the cheering crowd, and maybe even catching a home run ball as it sails over the Clark Street fence and bounces into the Plaza of Champions!" — DeWitt III.

JUNE 3, 2005

"This is going to be one of the largest developments in the Midwest. The idea of living in a place where you could look out the window at home plate is pretty thrilling." — Blake Cordish, vice president of Cordish Co.

JULY 17, 2007

"There's an expectation that this (project) will be sexy enough that people will want to have a condo in the middle of it." — Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.

"This really is a transformative project." — Mayor Francis Slay.

SEPT. 25, 2007

"I am very confident that we will have some things ready ... a good chunk of the retail, some restaurants. If it's not, it's not. But if it isn't, it won't be for a lack of trying. We are pushing as hard as we can to get it going." — Dewitt III.

MARCH 27, 2008

"Everybody wants the city to show its best face and it appears we are going to have a hole there. The question is: 'How do you deal with a hole when you want to showcase the city?'" — Alderman Phyllis Young,

MARCH 27, 2008

"Our vision has not changed. Ballpark Village will be a world-class mixed-use project that will positively transform the city." — Joint statement from Cardinals and Cordish.

JULY 12, 2008

"For more than two years, the owners have allowed the property to remain the largest mud hole in any downtown in the Midwest. I consider the condition of the property to be an insult to the citizens of the St. Louis metropolitan area — the same people who helped fund the new baseball stadium." — Alderman Fred Wessels, in a letter to the city's building commissioner.

JAN. 23, 2009

"It's not a matter of if, but when."— DeWitt III.

MARCH 19, 2009

"What we are doing right now is making the absolute best of the situation for the All-Star Game. I honestly don't understand why there would be negativity." — DeWitt III, after announcing that Ballpark Village site would be a softball field and parking lot when Cardinals hosted All-Star Game four months later.

"I am not going to end my tenure as governor with a softball field over the left field fence (of Busch Stadium). " — Gov. Jay Nixon.

JUNE 24, 2009

"We're going to stick this out." — DeWitt III

DEC. 4, 2009

"We don't have full confidence that this (financial) market is ready for it yet." — DeWitt III.

DEC. 4, 2010

"I've stopped making predictions." — DeWitt III, asked when construction would begin.

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