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EDGE Sports Group is a specialty concentration of the DeVellis Consulting Group; founded by Brian DeVellis, a Landscape Architect and Land Use Attorney who has consulted on and successfully implemented complex land development projects throughout New England, Florida, and the Bahamas specializing in:

Project Planning
-Feasibility Studies
-Site Assessment & Analysis
-Site Selection & Acquisition
Site Master Planning & Design
-Coordination of Design Professionals
-Presentation to Municipal Boards & Commissions
-Preparation of Legal Documents including:
    -Purchase and Sales Agreements
    -Deeds, Mortgages, and Covenants
Construction Management
-Request for Proposals
-Contractor Bid Preparation & Analysis
-Site and Construction Inspections

EDGE Sports Group focuses itself on three phases of Recreational Planning and Development:


PINE HILLS, ESG was responsible for the initial feasibility studies and site assessment that provided the sustainable design that ensures lasting value—environmentally, culturally and economically.

The Pinehills was designed to enrich lives for generations, and it all began with this simple, radical idea: for every acre developed, two acres
would be set aside as open space.

Pinehills Golf Club was created to rival the country’s most prestigious courses, set on over 300 acres of rolling hills punctuated by dramatic, glacially carved kettles and kames.


CROSSWINDS GOLF CLUB, where ESG is consulting with Crosswinds and the Town on expanding its presence to offer additional active recreational opportunities fro the community in exchange for a multi year extension to current ground lease from the Town - the private / public partnership role model.

The Course, designed by the award winning team of Hurdzan/Fry, is the newest Championship daily fee course in Plymouth featuring 27 holes, Crosswinds offers a unique blend of rolling fairways and large undulating greens.


GOLF CLUB OF NEW ENGLAND, where ESG was retained to oversee the design, permitting and construction of the Arnold Palmer course on nearly 600 acres located in Greenland & Stratham, NH.

The conceptual Palmer plan was engineered, presented to and permitted through two local, state & federal agencies, and in construction less than twelve months from conception.

The project involved greater than ten acres of wetland impact, enhancement, and creation, as well as 37 home sites, an 18,000 square foot clubhouse, and two hundred fifty acres of permanent conservation easement.


Towson University Towson, Maryland
ESG is consulting to Pinkard Development to underwrite and program the viability of delivering, in partnership with Towson University, The University System of the University of Maryland, The State of Maryland Economic Development and Tourism Agencies, Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Medical System.



A multifaceted “Olympic Village” to include:

-4 artificial lighted fields with Seasonal Dome
-30,000 Seat Stadium with Outdoor track
-Partnerships with the NCAA, ML Lacrosse
-Student Housing & Parking Facilities

Lincoln, Nebraska
ESG is consulting to Pinkard Development to underwrite 70 acres to be developed for fields and sports facilities under Master Plan of The City of Lincoln and has the support of the City’s Mayor and his leadership team. Additionally, we are working with the University of Nebraska, Lincoln to consider their sports and recreation needs

-450-600 car parking facility
-45,000SF indoor sports and sports facilities
-9 diamond fields for baseball / softball
-4 rectangular artificial turf fields
-Domed field for seasonal use
-Outdoor amenities, training elements
-Entertainment and hospitality services


ESSEX SPORTS CENTER, to be located at the Essex Technical High School (a merger of the Essex Agricultural School and North Shore Technical High School) is the location that ESG is developing a privately owned and operated Recreational Sports Facility consisting of two ice rinks, an indoor sports turf athletic field, and a state of the art athlete training center.

The lease agreement, proposed by ESG and approved by the Massachusetts General Court, allowing the Commonwealth to enter a 25 Lease Agreement with Essex Sports Center LLC. This endorsement by the Governor was made after overwhelming support and endorsement by the local community House and Senate representatives – groundbreaking is anticipated April 2015.

NEW ENGLAND SPORTS VILLAGE will include an approximately 185,000 square foot field house, an approximately 110,000 square foot ice rink facility, an approximately 54,000 square foot build-to-suit aquatic center, as well as a 120 room, limited service hotel to be owned through a joint venture with a hotel operator. These facilities will also lease ancillary retail and restaurant space. ESG is continuing to provide consulting services to the development team to assist in the placement of financing, operational systems and controls and marketing.


Reacting to the growing demand for a year round athletic facility and sports center that provides varied recreational opportunities, The Edge was developed to provide state-of-the-art recreational facility for athletes of all ages. The athletic facility and sports complex is anchored by two ice hockey rinks, two outdoor turf athletic fields with one field enclosed for the winter months, an athlete training center, and a health club facility – expanded in 2012 onto Massport property to allow the field space and rink expansion.

In addition to filling a vital need in the community, The Edge provides local and regional businesses the unique opportunity to reach an audience of athletes and families in the local communities and beyond.

The Bedford Citizen Posted January 30, 2014
Barrett Praises Local Support of US Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team

Operations and Management
In order to be a successfully operating facility, you need to take advantage of operational opportunities. At the EDGE, we have done this by:


Growing our East Coast Wizards brand from 6 girls youth hockey teams in 2007 to 42 teams today – ranging from BY 2006 to Junior men and women’s teams… as well as adding another 1,200 players in ECW Field Hockey and Lacrosse.

Installing the largest (at the time) private PV Array on the roof of our facility to harness the sun to produce 485kW of electricity under an innovative Power Purchase Agreement.

Creating and operating select leagues for our teams – as well as others – to participate in to ensure maximization of our field and ice usage. This proficiency was rewarded by being chosen to host the US Hockey Youth Nationals in 2014!

Perfecting out operations and management to be chosen the home training facility for the US Women’s National / Olympic Ice Hockey Team

as well as the Bedford Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year!


Everything Ice is a single source for all items related to ice rink design and Construction. With more than 30 years experience and over 900 rink installations, EI has the necessary expertise to guide this project from concept to completion. Indoor Ice arenas are the heart and soul of the ice rink industry. These facilities, similar to Wellesley, are typically at the core of local communities and provide endless recreational opportunities to youth and adults. Paramount to their success is energy efficient equipment and sustainable design that keeps utilities low.

Whipple Construction Company is a 102 year old construction manager and general contractor headquartered in Worcester MA, with offices in Boston, MA, and strategic partners in New York and New Jersey. Whipple’s longevity, as the region’s only century-old continuously operating general contractor is a testimony to the company’s core values of integrity, competency and trust.

Municipal Acquisitions has built their reputation of a creative and collaborative group by working closely with strategic partners to understand specific challenges and goals for each and every transaction.  They are a structure-driven company focused on developing creative financial solutions that specifically address the unique financial, regulatory, statutory, and political challenges experienced by user partners. Their ability to be flexible and nimble throughout a transaction process, coupled with intellectual capital, fuels their exponential growth experienced today.  MA currently have a multi-faceted team that brings deep experience in structured finance, tax exempt/taxable capital markets, construction, and all iterations of the execution process.  Over their careers, the team has executed transactions in excess of $10 Billion dollars across all product and transaction types.


Project Description – How to assure Town of Wellesley Preferred Use… just look to our approvals in Essex and Edge

The 25-year lease and other agreements executed pursuant to this section shall be on terms, conditions and consideration acceptable to the commissioner and the district; provided, however, that the lessee shall permit the following reserved ice rink needs free of charge and on a priority basis to the district: (i) daytime physical education classes which are scheduled as part of the regular school curriculum; (ii) practice and games for the following hockey teams if such teams are established: male varsity, male junior varsity, female varsity and female junior varsity; provided further, that the lessee shall permit the following reserved turf field needs free of charge and on a priority basis to the district: (1) daytime physical education classes which are scheduled as part of the regular school curriculum; (2) practice and games for the following soccer, football, field hockey, winter track and field, spring track and field, lacrosse, baseball and softball teams if such teams are established: male varsity, male junior varsity, female varsity and female junior varsity; provided further, that schedules for the ice rink and turf field use shall be presented by the district to the lessee by July 1 preceding each academic year and only for those classes and teams which are in existence for that academic year;



Depending on the method of land disposition (i.e. – land lease of adequate length depending on Fair Market Appraisal), we could simply go conventional financing with partner equity (EDGE / ESSEX / Crosswinds Golf), or utilize a more unique funding approach utilizing a partner we are currently developing Towson and Nebraska with… Municipal Acquisitions Group - direct investor in real property occupied by entities that serve the public.

Municipal Acquisitions is a Real estate investment company focused exclusively on opportunities in the public sector real estate market.

Municipal Acquisitions has:
-a Deep understanding of desired accounting (FASB and GASB) and rating agency effect
-Invested more than $215 million in past two years
-their Qwn development rights to additional $50+ MM
-an Execution pipeline in excess of $500 million expected to close in next 6 – 9 months
-a Management-owned and controlled
-the Intellectual capital created through expertise in:
    -Investment banking, structured finance, public sector advisory and institutional capital markets
    -Institutionally funded, with programmatic partners for each specific transaction type





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