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UP Development’s Redevelopment of Fashion Square Mall

Fashion Square Mall pic
Fashion Square Mall
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A real estate developer with more than 17 years of experience, Scott Fish serves as principal of UP Development in Franklin, Tennessee. Scott Fish has considerable experience as a developer in Florida as well, having redeveloped numerous properties in Orlando, including Fashion Square Mall.

Built more than 40 years ago, Fashion Square Mall is a 1.3 million square-foot shopping center anchored by such major retailers as Macy’s and Dillard’s, as well as a 42,000-square-foot cinema with 14 screens. The shopping center also features Kay Jewelers, PacSun, Charlotte Russe, Champs, Foot Locker, and Vans.

In 2013 UP Development acquired the property for redevelopment, which entailed a number of changes to the mall and adjacent parcels, including StrikeOuts Bowling & Entertainment, an 18,000-square-foot bowling alley with a sports bar and arcade. Parcels additions (buildings outside the mall) include DICK’S Sporting Goods and BB&T Bank.

The redevelopment also improved Fashion Square Mall’s accessibility by extending the bike and pedestrian path on Cady Way Trail. The extension completed the connection between Baldwin Park and the Orlando Fashion Square corridor.

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Home School Programs at A-Game Sportsplex

Scott Fish, principal of UP Development in Franklin, Tennessee, stands out as the purchaser and redeveloper of what is now the A-Game Sportsplex. Developer Scott Fish purchased the facility to prevent its shutdown, and has since donated it back to the community as a thriving ice arena.

In addition to its traditional youth programs and adult leagues, A-Game Sportsplex hosts a number of classes for home-school students. Its 2015 offerings include two winter sessions and two spring sessions, the latest of which begins April 22. The Sportsplex welcomes children age 6 and above to these hour-long Wednesday afternoon classes, which include 30 minutes of instructional time and a 30-minute practice session.

A-Game Sportsplex also sponsors a fitness class for homeschoolers. The spring 2015 session runs until May 14 and includes a variety of games and activities, including basketball, ice skating, laser chase, and weight training. Children are welcome to stay and eat their own bagged lunches at the Sportsplex after class. Each class is available on a drop-in basis or in unlimited packages sold by the month or semester.

Developer Scott Fish Talks about the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, Tennessee

Scott Fish is a developer serving as a Principal at UP Development based in Franklin, Tennessee. Over the years, he has developed multiple commercial properties, including a 45,000-square-foot DICK’S Sporting Goods and a 60,000-square-foot Toys“R”Us at The Mall at Millennia in Orlando, Florida. Here, Scott Fisher discusses one of his most significant accomplishments, the A-Game Sportsplex in his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee.

Q: How did you come to acquire the building that would ultimately become the A-Game Sportsplex?

SF: The Southern Ice Arena was losing around $30,000 per month. The 110,000-square-foot facility was on the verge of closing down, so I purchased it for $6 million.

Q: Why did you purchase the arena?

SF: My daughter’s hockey team, along with a handful of others, was playing there. With the looming shutdown, all those players would have had to find a different home base. I also saw that the arena could be turned into something that benefited the entire community.

Q: Talk about the development process and the arena’s transformation.

SF: I felt that in order for the complex to be self-sustaining, it needed more than an ice arena, so I expanded it by about 70,000 square feet. I added multiple courts for basketball and volleyball. I also built a fitness center, a laser tag facility, and a pro shop, which helped to make the complex economically sustainable. Within three years, the financial situation had turned around completely.

Q: Who owns the complex now?

SF: I donated the complex to the city. Now, community sports teams play hockey, lacrosse, basketball, football, and volleyball there.

About Scott Fish, Developer

Leveraging his company’s resources to redevelop troubled assets, Principal of UP Development Scott Fish has engaged in a multitude of local and regional workout projects over the past 17 years. Operating his company out of Tennessee, Scott Fish worked in close conjunction with the Nashville Predators of the NHL to develop and sustain youth hockey programs in the state. In fulfilling this endeavor, he purchased a declining community ice rink and redeveloped the facility. Scott Fish purchased the 110,000-square-foot building in Franklin, Tennessee, for less than half of its original cost just before it was about to shut down. Securing an expansion of 70,000 square feet, he and his company added basketball and volleyball courts, as well as renovating the existing ice rink. At the time of its purchase, the facility hosted only a smattering of high school teams and games. By the end of Scott Fish’s redevelopment efforts, more than 20 schools held hockey games at the community facility, known today as the A-Game Sportsplex. Currently, Scott Fish and his associates at UP Development are engaged the redevelopment of a 250,000-square-foot retail center in Orange County, Florida. Stalled for five years, this $36-million workout project involves the Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) buyout of Colonial Bank, a former subsidiary of Colonial Bancgroup Inc. Additional works in progress include a relocation of a Toys “R” Us from the Orlando Fashion Square mall and the completion of a 60,000-square-foot Toys “R” Us at Orlando’s Mall at Millenia. Supporting his community through a multitude of venues, Scott Fish has raised money for the officers of the Franklin Police Department and their families, as well as sponsoring the purchase of musical instruments for schoolchildren across the country. Scott Fish also partnered with the Ford Motor Company and the Tennessee Education Lottery to help sponsor the Franklin Rodeo, held by the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, and he supports youth barrel racing, as well.