Proposal includes street plan, forces city hall relocation

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A 110,000-square-foot Cabela's store will be constructed in the Nyberg Rivers Center. It will be the largest Cabela's in the state.
Tualatin’s planned Nyberg Rivers development is almost certain to have a 110,000-square-foot Cabela’s anchor store, according to CenterCal Properties, which is developing the former Kmart site.

Fred Bruning, CenterCal’s chief executive officer, said March 20 that the 307,000-square-foot retail center planned just off Interstate 5 and Tualatin-Sherwood Road was awaiting finalization of a sub-lease agreement.

CenterCal’s vision for Nyberg Rivers, Bruning said, included “opening up access to the river, providing easements that will allow the connection to the Tualatin River trail system and the ice age systems to be completed.”

Cabela’s fit into the project’s vision, he said, because of the company’s history of working with nature-focused organizations like the Audubon Society.

“They really are a great tenant to have at the center when you think about honoring nature,” Bruning added.

The announcement came during a public meeting on the project at the Umpqua Bank branch on Nyberg Street, where the public was invited to hear the company’s plans and weigh in with comments and concerns about the proposed development on the shuttered Kmart site.

The Nyberg Rivers retail center, tentatively scheduled to open in the fall 2014, will cost CenterCal a reported $150 million.

Through its site design, CenterCal aimed to honor its proximity to Tualatin River, as well as Tualatin’s rich natural history, Bruning said. One homage will be a more than 9-foot-high bronze mastodon statue to pay tribute to the mastodon skeleton unearthed less than a mile away, now on display at Tualatin Library.

by: JAIME VALDEZ - The now-shuttered Kmart store will likely become a 110,000-square-foot Cabela's, according to site concept plans submitted to the city by CenterCal Properties. CenterCal hopes to open the store in its new Nyberg Rivers shopping center in fall of 2014.CenterCal has not submitted an application for Nyberg Rivers to the city, but the company signed a 75-year lease with the site’s property owners, the Nyberg family, in August 2012. CenterCal has also developed nearby Bridgeport Village and Nyberg Woods.

Bruning said at last week’s meeting that the development would work to to improve traffic circulation, in part by doing away with the current access leading into the Jiggles lot. The 0.93-acre property at 7455 S.W. Nyberg Road that has housed a strip club since 1984 is included in the site concept plan, although Bruning has declined to confirm whether CenterCal has bought or leased the property.

A site concept plan submitted to the city Feb. 22 as part of pre-application meeting materials shows a restaurant on the Jiggles site.

Other traffic circulation improvements would include adding access lanes to the retail center at the intersection of Nyberg Street and Martinazzi Avenue, near the Fred Meyer store. A site access point from Boones Ferry Road would alleviate traffic by giving shoppers an alternative to reaching Nyberg Rivers through the busy Martinazzi intersection, he added.

Bruning acknowledged that one of the drastic aspects of Nyberg Rivers’ current site plan is a re-alignment of Seneca Street so that it bisects the building that houses Tualatin City Council Chambers and municipal court offices. Tualatin’s updated Transportation System Plan requires any development bordering the city-owned lot to integrate this kind of alignment to improve traffic flow.

According to CenterCal’s concept, Seneca Street would cut southwest from Nyberg Rivers’ parking lot to connect with Martinazzi Avenue at what is currently a three-way intersection.

The City Council discussed its relocation options during its March 25 work session.

“If the city wants us to redo that access point and redo Seneca Street, we’re happy to do it,” Bruning said. “Our alternate traffic analysis shows that if we don’t relocate Seneca, the site still works. But I think we can create a little bit of additional capacity and we can remove some confusion on that street by adding a signal where this new intersection would be.”

Bruning said the goal was to begin construction of the site this fall. He emphasized that the scope of the development would not be drastic, since current site plans integrated much of the existing center — and in fact, CenterCal has had to build around several businesses that already hold long-term leases with the Nyberg family, like Michael’s.

“But we’re committed to some really spectacular architecture, and great pedestrian connectivity through the site, and some bike connectivity,” Bruning said.

View CenterCal's Nyberg Rivers site concept plans.

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