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The 500,000-square-foot shopping complex will add covered seating, new stage and kids play area.

COURTESY GRAPHIC: CENTERCAL PROPERTIES - Plans are to create a new children's play area as part of a $35 million renovation and remodeling project at Bridgeport Village. That will include some new facades to current stores as well. (Names of stores in this rendering do not necessarily reflect actual stores at Bridgeport Village.)Bridgeport Village is gearing up for a $35 million remodel and renovation project that will result in covered seating areas, a "village green" with new landscaping, a play area, a new community stage, updated store facades, and more.

The multimillion-dollar reinvestment, which developers often refer to as a "refresh," will also include a variety of new stores — including two making their first appearance in Oregon. "Place-making and creating comfortable four-season areas of respite are critical elements of the refresh. The additions of the heated covered canopy areas and the expansive green space for play accomplishes these goals," said Sandra Rollinson, general manager for CenterCal Properties, owners of the shopping complex that opened in 2005. "Our open-air lifestyle center is thriving, and we're making the investment today to ensure that Bridgeport Village will continue to do so for years to come."

The first phase of the additions will occur at the complex's Center Court, located south of Regal Cinemas. Plans there include removing the gazebo, existing play structure and two kiosks, replacing them with a stage and new play area. Planners are in the final stages of deciding what that play area will include, according to Rollinson.

Rollinson said the community stage will be used for concerts and performances.

"Guests can enjoy the live performances on the expansive green grass area or on the comfortable covered seating," she said. "We've always tried to support local musicians and up-and-coming artists, so it's exciting to be able to provide an even better setting for live performances in our own backyard."

Until the stage is completed, a temporary stage will be set up near Regal Cinemas. Bridgeport Village already has compiled a lineup of 21 artists over the summer, including performances on "Sunday Fundays," the schedule for which will be released soon.

The second and third phases at the upscale shopping complex will include work on some store facades, landscaping features, the Peet's Coffee patio area and other upgrades.

The goal is to have the renovations completed this winter at the 500,000-square-foot Bridgeport Village complex, which has a focus on so-called "first-to-market" stores. Among the unique stores coming soon will be the Little Kitchen Academy and Johnny Was, which features bohemian chic and vintage-inspired women's apparel and accessories.

"This will be the first and only Johnny Was store in Oregon," said Rollinson. "And Little Kitchen Academy chose Bridgeport Village to locate their first-of-its-kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy."

Meanwhile, several new stores recently opened or will open soon.

Those include Parachute Home (premium home products such as sheets and rugs), The Shade Store (custom window treatments), Lululemon (an athletic wear store that is undergoing expansion remodeling), and Madison Reed (a luxurious hair-coloring business that's now open).

Bunk Beerhall & Arcade, an iconic Portland-born sandwich shop, which features a nod to the legendary HBO crime drama "The Wire," opened at the end of last year.


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