The J.H. Snyder Co. has finished constructing Bella Terra, a $170 million open-air lifestyle center that will soon emerge from an overhaul of Southern California’s oldest enclosed mall.

Built in 1966, the Huntington Shopping Center is located in Huntington, Calif. In September 2001, J.H. Snyder was hired to redevelop the mall in partnership with the owner, Ezralow Co.

"The overriding objective of this redevelopment for both the development/design team and the City of Huntington Beach is the creation of a vibrant ‘town center’ and destination place for local residents to shop, dine, linger and enjoy Orange County’s spectacular climate in an open-air setting," says Jerry Snyder, senior principal with J.H. Snyder.

The Bella Terra project will replace the old mall with a 1 million sq. ft. open-air center with 71 shops and restaurants, plus a 20-screen move theater. New tenants will include Bed Bath & Beyond, REI, ULTA Cosmetics, Solitaire Diamonds and T-Mobile. Kohl’s department store opened in March 2003 in the former Broadway department store building. Fifteen restaurants, including Kabuki, Daphne’s Greek Café, Pomodoro Cucina Italiana, Islands, California Pizza Kitchen, Johnny Rockets and Krispy Kreme Donuts, will surround an outdoor amphitheater.