Work is progressing on Ballpark Village in downtown St. Louis, and a major milestone was reached Tuesday.

Officials of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cordish Cos., developers of the project, hosted a topping- off ceremony to mark the final piece of structural steel being put in place.

Ballpark Village was in the planning stages for years, 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.

The development will open next year with restaurants and drinking establishments, with plans for future expansion in the years to come.

Kurt Parsons