SANTA ROSA -- Target Corp. wants to replace the vacant Gottschalks store building at Coddingtown Mall with a 144,000-square-foot store.

That Target has been wanting to put a store in the 930,000-square-foot regional mall has been rumored for well over a year among mall tenants, particularly those along the south side of the mall that have received letters last year from mall ownership that their spaces would be part of a future anchor-tenant renovation project.

Santa Rosa city planners on Jan. 31 received a concept design package from Berkeley-based ELS Architects and consultant RA Smith International of Irvine for on behalf of the Minneapolis-based department store chain. The city Design Review Board is set to consider the concept at its Feb. 16 meeting at 2 p.m. in City Hall conference room 7.

The concept calls for demolishing the existing two-story Gottschalks store and "a portion of the existing south mall shops," constructing a single-level store and creating an "exit court" between the south side of the mall and the planned Target store.

The design also calls for new mall south entrances on the west and east sides of the proposed store as well as landscaping and parking lot upgrades. The new entrances will match the new look to the mall entries on the north and northeast side as well as the forthcoming BJ's Restaurant, according to the Target proposal.

Coddingtown is jointly owned by Chicago-based Simon Property Group and Codding Enterprises of Rohnert Park. Another Simon holding is Santa Rosa Plaza just a couple miles south, another regional mall with a facade upgrade set to be considered by the Design Review Board on Feb. 16.

Target had been rumored as the anchor a proposed Shiloh Marketplace regional shopping center proposed for the south end of Windsor several miles north of Santa Rosa.

Construction began recently for a Target store to anchor Regency Centers' East Washington Place regional center in Petaluma. The store is set to open in the third quarter of 2013.