Wichita Riverfront LP, an entity that will develop an Entertainment Village to complement the upcoming Wichita ballpark, has announced the formation of its Private Development Advisory Board.
Advisory Board members are Brian Fallon, President of Development for The Davis Companies, Tim Connelly, former Partner Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., along with Chuck Irving and Juan Prieto, Partners at Davenport Properties.
Set to open in 2020 for the relocating New Orleans Baby Cakes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), the new $75-million Wichita ballpark is envisioned by team and city officials as an anchor for new mixed-use development in the surrounding area. Wichita Riverfront LP, which features a contingent that includes Baby Cakes franchise owners–led by Managing General Partner Lou Schwechheimer, plus additional investors–will play a role in redeveloping the area around the ballpark, and has revealed details on its advisory board.
“Wichita Riverfront LP is fortunate that Brian, Tim, Chuck and Juan, four experienced visionaries in the private development field, have agreed to serve on the Private Development Advisory Board,” said Lou Schwechheimer, Managing General Partner of Wichita Riverfront LP. “With their expert advice, we will make good on our promise to the City of Wichita to transform the land around the new Wichita Triple-A ballpark into a world-class entertainment destination for generations to come. Brian, Tim, Chuck and Juan have been part of our baseball ownership group literally from day one. Their creativity and success in creating mixed use, themed sports and entertainment projects will assist us in providing family activities and gathering places for all ages to enjoy. Our goal is to integrate the private development with the new, state-of-the-art baseball stadium which will host approximately 200 events a year including baseball, football, concerts, national and international festivals.”
The Private Development Advisory Board will report to Schwechheimer, Matt White and Jordan Kobritz, Limited Partners in Wichita Riverfront LP, who are also members of the Ballpark Oversight Committee which is overseeing the construction of the multi-purpose stadium on the Lawrence-Dumont site.
The Private Development Agreement (PDA) between Wichita Riverfront LP and the City contains benchmarks and guidelines for the development around the ballpark. All construction will conform to the PDA, the Ballpark Village Master Plan and the Delano Neighborhood Plan.
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