New Shopping Center (copy)

This building in the 1300 block of Northwest Ninth Street is slated to be torn down to make way for a new shopping center called Riverbend Square. The developers have applied for demolition and building permits for the project, which is expected to be finished next year.

Jesse Skoubo, Gazette-Times file

A new shopping center planned for the 1300 block of Northwest Ninth Street is moving through the city permitting process.

The developers of Riverbend Square have applied for demolition, excavation and building permits for the project, slated for a 2.13-acre site on the east side of Ninth Street between Starker and Grant avenues. City officials sent out a plan review letter on March 18 and are awaiting a response.

Land-use approval for the center was granted in August by the Corvallis Planning Commission.

Two wood-frame buildings on the site, which formerly housed Tum-a-Lum Lumber and now hold a mattress store and a defunct tattoo parlor, are scheduled to be torn down to make way for the new development.

Plans for the center call for five multi-tenant buildings ranging from 3,400 to 5,600 square feet arranged around a central parking lot. Two of the buildings will front on Ninth Street, one will front on Starker across from the Goodwill thrift store, and the other two will stand along the east side of the property facing the parking lot. Vehicular access will be via Starker.

Riverbend Square, owned by Goldfinch Real Estate of Corvallis and designed by Reiter Design Group of Beaverton, will feature variable facades with a mix of stone, brick and stucco veneer and metal awnings and canopies on the building fronts.

Gary Pond of Commercial Associates, the leasing agent for the property, said he’s been in touch with a number of potential tenants for the development, although no lease agreements have been signed.

“We’ve gotten some interest in it,” Pond said.

He predicts the tenant mix will be primarily retail, with a few storefront office users thrown in. One of the buildings is approved for a drive-through window, which Pond expects to attract a fast food restaurant or coffee business.

No general contractor has been selected yet for the project, which is valued at about $3 million and has a target completion date of sometime next year.

Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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