The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on May 3 that they have hired Drew Frick, former president of Gate Petroleum Co.’s real estate subsidiary, to lead the team’s downtown development plans.
The Jaguars said Frick will take on the new role as senior vice president of real estate development.
The team said Frick began work in April and will coordinate projects including the Sports Performance Center under construction; development of shipyards; and future projects.
“He will oversee a team taking multiple projects through every phase of development from design to completion, including land acquisition, master planning, permitting, construction and leasing,” the Jaguars said in a press release.
“The addition of Drew to our development team continues the momentum we’ve seen over the past year toward our goal of a revitalized downtown Jacksonville,” Jaguars President Mark Lamping said in the press release.
“He brings a wealth of experience, particularly in Jacksonville, that will allow him to thrive alongside our partners in the City of Jacksonville and throughout the Northeast Florida construction industry. I am delighted to have him aboard the 1st DownTown Jacksonville team.”
At Gate Petroleum, based in Jacksonville, Frick was General Counsel of Gate Petroleum before replacing former Gate Lands President Ken Wilson in early 2019.
Frick was with Gate for 18 years after spending four years with the Jacksonville-based law firm Rogers Towers.
“Through his work with both companies, he has been involved in many of North Florida’s most distinctive office, residential, hospitality and retail developments, some of which have received local and national awards for planning, architecture, landscaping and marketing success,” it said in the press release.
According to the Jaguars, Frick is on the board of directors of Seamark Ranch and was appointed by the city council to the joint planning committee, which is an advisory body to the council and the Duval County School Board on matters related to the selection and use of all sites for schools, libraries, parks and community centers.
Frick, a graduate of Clemson University, holds a Ph.D. in Juris from the University of Georgia School of Law.
Frick is also a member of the Florida Bar, admitted in 2000.
He will lead the NFL team’s real estate and development division, which includes:
• Will Tutwiler – Director, Real Estate and Development.
• Lori Windisch – Project Manager Real Estate and Development.
• Caron Streibich – Senior Communications Manager, Real Estate and Development.
• David Paulk – Financial Analyst, Real Estate and Development.
The announcement comes after the Jaguars’ development arm, Iguana Investments Florida LLC, said it had signed an agreement with the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Association to purchase the fairgrounds near TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars said Iguana will initially convert the 14.1-acre site into a surface parking lot for events at the Downtown Sports Complex after the fair completes its move to West Jacksonville, tentatively scheduled for 2024.
The Jaguars have $441 million real estate development projects at a certain stage of development near the city-owned stadium.
Work began this year on the Jaguars’ $120 million Sports Performance Center — a 127,087-square-foot practice, training and office facility for senior teams.
Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer said in April that the city expects to finalize its land deal with Iguana by the end of May, allowing the company to break ground on Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s $321 million Four Seasons hotel project can.
When completed, the 176-room hotel and 25 luxury condominium development for sale would sit alongside a six-story office building and municipal marina on the former 20-acre Kids Kampus Park southwest of the stadium on the Northbank riverfront.
The Jaguars are also interested in building entertainment projects near TIAA Bank Field, despite previous setbacks.
Lamping said in October that Jaguars executives still see market demand and “a great need” for a downtown entertainment complex similar to what was proposed for Lot J at the stadium.
A proposed $450 million mixed-use development with Baltimore-based The Cordish Companies was abandoned after failing to secure $245 million in public incentives from City Council.
“It’s just a question of when or if and where that should happen,” Lamping said.
Despite Lot J’s setback, Lamping said Jaguar leadership still views Cordish as a development partner in Jacksonville.
“But we firmly believe that Downtown Jacksonville needs a healthy mix of office, residential, dining and entertainment options to reach its full potential,” Lamping said in a subsequent email.
“Whether that happens on Lot J with our partner Cordish, which we prefer, or elsewhere is too early to say,” he said.
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