Former Thunderbird Hotel to be replaced with large retail store

Former Thunderbird Hotel to be replaced with large retail store
Fire destroyed the Thunderbird Hotel on Hayden Island in September, 2012. KATU file photo.

The owner of the fire-damaged Thunderbird hotel on Hayden Island is seeking permits to construct a 126,000-square-foot retail building on the property.

A suspected arson-caused fire on Sept. 2 destroyed the Thunderbird, 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive, causing an estimated $17 million in damage. The hotel had been closed for several years and sported numerous “U” signs signaling it was unsafe to occupy. The property had been fenced, with full-time security to keep unauthorized visitors at bay.

A city permit report indicates the owner, Thunderbird Inn LLC, intends to construct a $10.3 million, one story building on the property. The permit application is under review. Baysinger Partners Architecture PC is designing the project.

The Thunderbird is across Hayden Island Drive from the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter shopping center, where Target recently opened a new store in tandem with a $50 million renovation meant to reposition Jantzen Beach as Portland's premier stateline shopping destination.