Design Advice Offered for Remodel of Former Lloyd Center Nordstrom (images)

Design Advice has been offered for the remodel of the west anchor building at the Lloyd Center, formerly home to Nordstrom. The building will be renovated for multi-tenant use. At levels 1 and 2 the existing mall concourse will be extended into the building. A new main entry to the Lloyd Center will be created where the entry to Nordstrom was previously located. The existing entry to the mall, located at the corner of the plaza, will be closed and filled in with new retail space.

901 NE Lloyd Center

The Lloyd Center west anchor building was constructed in 1989, at the same time that the mall was covered from an open air mall to an enclosed mall. The building formerly housed Nordstrom, which closed its Lloyd Center location in January 2015. In February 2015 Nordstrom sold the building for $7.5 million to Cypress Equities, who own the rest of the Lloyd Center.

901 NE Lloyd Center

Since purchasing the mall, Cypress Equities have embarked on a number of projects to rejuvenate it, including the creation of a new plaza and entry adjacent to Macy’s, which is currently under construction; a rebuild of the ice rink and addition of a helical stair; and a remodel of the Lloyd Mall 8 cinemas into office space for Providence Medical Group. A separate Design Advice Request to renovate and expand an existing east anchor building, currently occupied by Sears, is scheduled for April 13th. As part of the 1400 NE Multnomah and 1510 NE Multnomah developments large areas of existing surface parking are planned to be redeveloped as housing and retail.

901 NE Lloyd Center

901 NE Lloyd Center

Exterior work to the building will include new storefronts facing the existing plaza; new multistory curtain wall glazing where the building curves onto NE 9th Ave; and new slimmer profile canopies. Although tenants for the spaces are not yet identified, the owners imagine that ground floor retailers could include restaurants or cafes that would spill out onto the plaza. Work in the plaza would include new hardscape and stormwater planters.

901 NE Lloyd Center

901 NE Lloyd Center

901 NE Lloyd Center

901 NE Lloyd Center

The remodel of the west anchor building received Design Advice on March 9th, 2017. The project was generally welcomed by the Commission, who agreed that the relocated entry location was in the right place, though advised that it needed to be made more visually prominent. Much of the discussion concerned the existing plaza, which the applicants were encouraged to at in concert with the remodel, and not limit their work to the area immediately in front of the building. During the hearing Commissioner Rodriguez praises the overall approach:

The whole plaza needs to be looked at. Obviously the sculpture stays, but it needs to be looked at holistically. It is a DAR… this is probably the right level of scale and massing that we should be seeing at this point (although maybe the landscape architect should have been here).  I personally think that they’re doing a great job with what they have to work with, short of tearing it down and starting all over, which is probably not realistic at this point. I think the transparency level that they’re trying to achieve [is great], I know it’s difficult for retailers. The fact that they’re willing to go there should be applauded. Could they do a little bit more? Could there be a little bit more glass on this [west] side?  Maybe. But at the end of the day there are structural, technical issues there. It’s not like they can redesign where that [existing] shear wall is.

The project is currently scheduled to return in front of the Design Commission for a second advisory hearing on May 11th.


13 thoughts on “Design Advice Offered for Remodel of Former Lloyd Center Nordstrom (images)

  1. lol, so cheesy. Just demolish the whole thing already and replace it with a bunch of six-story mixed-use apartments with ground floor retail and an outdoor pedestrian concourse and call it good. We already know what works – this isn’t complicated.

  2. It is not obvious to me at all why that sculpture needs to stay. It was added during the 1989 remodel/expansion and is neither historic nor noteworthy. It is incredibly dated and fits neither the original design theme nor the new look that they are going for.

      • Well, yes, the sculpture is most definitely a brown-nosed tribute to capitalism. Such was the mood in the late ’80s.

        I’m not overly fond of the Lloyd Center myself and avoid it when I can. It’s not a very nice place, and like most malls these days, it’s predominantly a place to shop for clothes, especially women’s clothing. Most of the interesting shops at malls have since gone away, and for years now, I just go Downtown or Hawthorne for my retail needs. Even for movies I go Downtown. I usually catch evening shows, and there is later bus service out of Downtown, whereas the bus I need from the Lloyd Center, the 70, stops running early, especially on weekends.

        Maybe the Lloyd District will be nice one day, but right now, I don’t frankly care for it. A lot of it is either empty lots, overpriced flats, office buildings, and a shitty mall. Portland has far better to offer in other parts of the city.

        • Whoops. I definitely misread “sculpture” as “structure”

          Just apply my comment in response to ” Just demolish the whole thing already and replace it..” then.

    • It was commissioned through RACC. The assumption during Design Commission discussion was that that places some extra restrictions on it.

  3. Lloyd center has undergone a pretty big remodel so far and, well, where are the tenants? Who is moving in? The mall just isn’t viable and I can’t see the big need for even more small mall retail spots.

      • Yes, a 14 screen theater complex is moving into the Sears site. They are not waiting for the bankruptcy. Final design work is underway.

  4. Lloyd Center is a monster. It destroyed the neighborhood street grid, is an impenetrable barrier to north-south traffic flow in all its forms, is hostile to pedestrians and bikes, is auto-centric, and is mediocre design to put it most charitably. Alas, the economics do not point to the best solution for neighborhood: demolition and start over. The remodel improves, but does not correct, the fundamental problems of the place’s premises.

    • It goes much further than that. Look across the street at that massive hotel. then the huge amount of property that AAT owns and plans to homogeneously develop. How huge is the project planned on the old parking lots? It’s just a whole mess of oversized projects that don’t help the district.

  5. In Australia, everything you need is usually connected to a mall. Post offices, Target, Banks, Multiple grocery stores, restaurants, Liquor store, Butcher, cinema, all connected. People can get their shopping fix and then pick up some groceries on the way home. The convenience of having all these things in one spot brings more people. example “Pacific Fair” on the Gold Coast Australia, was recently remodeled. I hope with the new remodel they put some good use in the empty shops.

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