Proposal would demolish most of the mall and make room for new stores and restaurants

Portland's Jantzen Beach SuperCenter is considering a redevelopment plan that would demolish most of the existing mall and make room for new restaurants and expanded stores.

Representatives of the Beaverton design firm Cardno WRG will meet next week with city planners to discuss the possible redevelopment plan. The Aug. 3 pre-application meeting will focus on the proposal and possible adjustments to the shopping center's maximum building setback and a property line adjustment.

Plans for the project are in the very early stages, and the city hasn't made any decisions about the development or issued any permits.

There were no cost estimates for the project.

According to a brief description, the redevelopment would be done in six phases and includes demolishing most of the existing SuperCenter mall building north of the Burlington Coat Factory store. Several smaller retail spaces, totaling 120,980 square feet, would replace the demolished structure.

A new 138,760-square-foot Target store would be constructed along North Hayden Island Drive. Three future restaurant buildings, each with 6,000 square feet, would be placed in separate spots around the property.

The 56-acre Jantzen Beach SuperCenter is owned by the Jantzen Dynamic Corp. and managed by Edens and Avant of Columbia, S.C. Representatives of the company and Cardno WRG have not returned phone calls or e-mails seeking more information about the project.

The SuperCenter opened in September 1972 on the site of the former Jantzen Beach Amusement Park. Today, the center has about three dozen tenants.

A large carousel built by the C.W. Parker Co. of Leavenworth, Kan., is the last surviving piece of the old amusement park. The 1921 carousel with 72 elaborately carved wooden horses was operated at Venice Beach, Calif., until 1927, when it was shipped to the Jantzen Beach amusement park.

In 1995, the carousel went through a $500,000 restoration and was placed at the heart of the SuperCenter mall building.

The center itself went through a major redevelopment project in 1995 and 1996, after it had been purchased by MBK Northwest. About two-thirds of the mall was demolished in that project to make room for big box stores.

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