Oregonian IN PORTLAND Thursday July 28th, Page 11 says "Nothing is likely to happen for at least a couple years.. FM Officials will have to sell the plan they eventually decide on to their parent company, Kroger Inc." So, I think we can eliminate this as a factor for now. However, it looks like it would be a factor in moving the bus if/when it is closed, or possibly re-doing the route after it's re-oriented.. for example: "Such a plan could move the main vehicle entry to Southwest Bertha Boulevard,which would require major signal improvements."
The design of the new Fred Meyer may affect the #39 significantly. Just a slight perturbation of the streets around Freddies, or the accomodation of transit stops on Bertha (2nd story entrance!?) could have a domino effect on the route. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it!