The 21st-century makeover of Northeast Portland’s 56-year-old Lloyd Center shopping mall continued through the summer as shoppers and shops interacted as if the rehab was just another part of a busy day. Already evident throughout most of the mall was the brightening effect of translucent glass, literally brightening up the shopping experience.
Ringing work areas were many viewing spots where the interested could view rehab happenings. Already, a new oval ice rink is taking shape, more visible from all three levels of the mall. This part of the remodel has taken up most of the year and is scheduled to reopen in late 2016. The rink’s ice-making equipment, dating back to the mall’s 1960 opening, will be upgraded.
“Our redevelopment of Lloyd Center focuses on reconnecting with the center’s history,” said Todd Minnis, chief investment officer for Cypress Equities, the company that manages the Lloyd Center. “We recognize the importance of the ice rink and have worked to make that the focal point of the shopping center.”
Also returning, the spiral staircase at a new Northeast Multnomah Street gateway entrance, letting in more natural sunlight and improving connectivity with the Lloyd District community. On the inside, carpet and tiling will be upgraded throughout the entire mall with some of the new carpet and tile installed.
Still shrouded in mid-July, the former cinema space north of the food court is scheduled to open later this summer as a creative office space for Providence Health Services. Columns are being uncovered to reveal the original columns that have been covered for nearly 30 years, design elements from mid-20th-century American architecture that will be uncovered, polished and sealed to reveal a marble shine.