Cedar Hills Crossing is about to look a lot different
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on August 02, 2016 at 2:42 PM, updated August 02, 2016 at 6:32 PM
One of Beaverton’s largest shopping centers is about to get even bigger.
On Friday, Cedar Hills Crossing developer C.E. John Co. announced plans for a five-year, five-phase $70 million redevelopment of the center.
The preliminary plans call for the construction of 16 new buildings totaling roughly 300,000 square feet.
The redevelopment will fill in the center’s vacant lots, add at least one two-story building and potentially add rooftop parking.
The plan to densify Cedar Hills Crossing comes as Beaverton attempts to urbanize its segmented core by adding more tall buildings: The Round boasts two five-story buildings as well as a parking garage, and city officials are working to bring in a five- to six-story hotel nearby.
In an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive on Monday, C.E. John co-president Jeff Thompson said the Vancouver company is working to bring in new restaurants and retailers, some of which have already signed pre-lease agreements.
The first phase of the project will begin this week with the demolition of the buildings on the corner of Jenkins Road and Cedar Hills Boulevard that house Bugatti’s, Subway, Jamba Juice and Baskin Robbins, Thompson said.
A new 25,000 square-foot building will be constructed on the corner, with spaces for fast-casual and sit-down restaurants, as well as retail shops and retail services.
Construction of this phase should be complete around spring of 2018, Thompson said. Bugatti’s has permanently moved out of the center and Subway has relocated to the front of the mall, but the other tenants will reopen with the new building.
The project’s next phase will start in October, Thompson said. The new 125,000 square-foot L-shaped building will sit north of Jenkins, and will house the Sunset Lanes bowling alley on the ground floor, along with retail.
The Virginia Garcia Memorial Health clinic will move from its current home nearby to occupy a 36,000 square-foot space on the building’s second floor, tripling the clinic’s size. Medical offices will likely move into the additional spaces on the second floor, Thompson said.
Both the bowling alley and the clinic will remain open during construction of the new building.
In addition, a two-story parking garage next to the building will add about 335 spaces to the center.
This second phase should be complete by April 2018.
Thompson said the development company is still working on the project’s later phases, but said each of the current tenants have a spot in the redeveloped center.
Though he declined to share Cedar Hills Crossing’s average sales per square foot, he said the tenants “do very well.”
“It’s been a highly successful center,” he said.
The vision for the center, Thompson said, is a hybrid between a power center (a strip mall with big-box stores) and a lifestyle center (an upscale open-air mall that offers amenities like spas, restaurants and yoga studios).
Thompson said the center will cater to everyday shoppers, with a big emphasis on entertainment.
“It’s not a mall anymore,” Thompson said.
Though a small portion of the center functions as a traditional enclosed mall, Thompson said the current plans don’t call for any changes to it at this point. C.E. John may eventually redevelop the indoor mall, he said.
For now, the company is focused on other parts of the center.
“We’re building this with a long-term vision,” he said. “We’re spending more than most developers would on the construction, because we’re viewing it as a long-term investment for the (landowners the Bernard) family.”
Holly Thompson, spokeswoman for the city of Beaverton, praised the center for its track record of successful redevelopments, and said the city is excited for the latest round of changes.
“It’s going to help us meet our goals to make the downtown a little more urban, a little more pedestrian-friendly,” she said.
— Anna Marum
The first phase of the redeveloped property included entirely redesigned entries, common area site improvements, landscaping, common area fixtures, and free wireless connectivity throughout the project. Existing retailers include Simply Mac, Starbucks, Hair M, Panera and Baja Fresh amongst many others. Storables, Carters and Craft Warehouse just recently joined the dynamic tenant mix and Cedar Hills Crossing has re-established itself as a dominant player in the Oregon retail market. It also included adding two new buildings on Cedar Hills Boulevard, one of them accommodating OnPoint, Lifeway and Firehouse Subs, the other is home to MOD Pizza, ZoomCare, Bouffant, Baja Fresh, Zoup! and Verizon Wireless. The additional phases will add approximately 120,000 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space, making the two properties in excess of 683,000 square feet combined.
Recently proposed plans are set for a future widening of Walker Rd., taking it from a 2-lane county style road to a full 5-lane arterial with bike lanes. The improvement from Murray Blvd all the way east to Highway 217 will make access in and out of the center even more commuter-friendly.