Lloyd Center remodel plans take shape

Todd Minnis of Cypress Equities said opening up the Lloyd Center is a key point of the remodel

Rendering of renovation plans for Lloyd Center Mall, July 24, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Rendering of renovation plans for Lloyd Center Mall, July 24, 2014. (KOIN 6)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The idea of making the Lloyd Center more inviting and connected to the nearby park began to become reality Thursday when plans were unveiled to the public.

Plans for the Lloyd Center remodel are shown to a group of people at center court, July 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Plans for the Lloyd Center remodel are shown to a group of people at center court, July 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

What is now a dark entrance walled off by a parking garage will be opened up and part of the garage torn down. The food court will be completely re-done and the inside ice rink will be overhauled.

The $50 million first step in this renovation was shown to a number of people in the center court.

Todd Minnis of Cypress Equities said opening up the Lloyd Center is a key point of the remodel.

Inside the Lloyd Center in Portland, July 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Inside the Lloyd Center in Portland, July 24, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“Throughout the country we’d be so excited to have a four-acre park across from any property we had,” Minnis said. “And so for us, we really think we have to engage with the park. It’s a great asset in our view.”

“[The Lloyd Center is] where the MAX lets off, the park is there, the major entrance off the freeway,” Minnis said. “For us, that is the front door and we really have to address the community that way.”

The renovation of the mall is part of a larger effort to revitalize the entire Lloyd District with the goal to make the Holladay Park the east side’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

“We feel like we’re going to be a part of that [development in the area like new apartments and convention center hotel],” Minnis said. “As a part of that, we want to figure out how we’re going to work with the community, work with assets like the park to really draw that in and create more of a community feel.”

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