Ballpark Village has its first major tenant now that Centene has decided to move its headquarters to two new office towers to be built at Broadway and Walnut. The first tower will be 27 stories and will consist of 700,000 square feet of space. Centene will occupy 400,000 square feet and lease out the remaining space until it needs it. Armstrong Teasdale - Centene's law firm - had been mentioned as a tenant in the headquarters building that Centene had originally planned to build in Clayton, so perhaps they will make the move from Met Square to Ballpark Village.
The second structure will include 1,750 parking spaces and two floors of retail space, and will be designed to accomodate up to 550,000 square feet of additional space as needed.
The plans also call for a 180-room hotel to be built by Cordish. With the Ballpark Hilton and the Westin at Cupples Station within such close proximity, I'm not really sure if an additional hotel is needed in the area.
Centene will be bringing an additional 1,200 workers to downtown St. Louis and hopefully their decision to locate its headquarters in downtown St. Louis will inspire other companies to make downtown their home as well.