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SAN BRUNO, CA-The upcoming $105 million transformation of the 30-year-old Tanforan Park Shopping Center is set to break ground next spring, after the dust settles from a related $30-million takings lawsuit against Bay Area Rapid Transit.The developer is Newport Beach, CA-based Wattson Breevast LLC, which is backed by Lehman Brothers. The redevelopment will transform the 30-year-old mall and former horse race track into a one-million-sf upscale shopping center, complete with a new multi-screen theater.

The project, to be renamed Shops at Tanforan, received a positive response from the City of San Bruno. Existing anchors include Target, Sears and J.C. Penney. They will all be in the new mall. The existing shopping center is the city’s largest producer of tax revenues.

Wattson says the project will be developed regardless of the outcome of the takings lawsuit against BART in San Mateo County Superior Court. Wattson alleges it isn’t being paid enough for land BART seized in extending its rail line to the San Francisco International Airport because it will force him to build an expensive above-ground parking garage to see his project approved.

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