Westminster Mall Plans in the Works

Hundreds of  residents turned up March 12 for an update on redevelopment plans for the Westminster Mall.3-12-19, Westminster Mall meeting

The project obviously impacts Huntington Beach, and Westminster officials said they want to hear from HB residents.

A Specific Plan for the 100-acre mall property is now under development, and is expected to be completed by this summer, according to Wendy Nowak of Placeworks, a planning consultant who updated residents at the meeting, held within the mall Tuesday evening. An environmental impact analysis will be done next winter, and more community workshops will be held. Once the Specific Plan is in place, the mall’s seven property owners could come forward with redevelopment plans.

Westminster envisions a mixed-use site that includes retail, restaurants and residences, although Nowak noted that not all residents want to see more residential development, according to an earlier survey.

Whether new residences would be affordable, “we don’t know yet,” Nowak added, “but certainly a range of affordability is something we want to look at.”

Height limits are also yet to be determined.

Westminster wants to recreate the mall (and possibly rename it) into a place where residents and visitors want to come to, rather than going somewhere else for shopping and entertainment, Nowak said. The goal is an “experience-oriented destination.”

Results from the earlier survey of residents found that at the top of the want-to-see list was, “hands down, a farmer’s market,” Nowak said. Open space was also a top priority. Few opportunities for new open space exist in Westminster, Nowak added, and “this [redevelopment] can be one of them, a place to relax,” like the Irvine Spectrum.

Other amenities that scored highly among residents were a food hall, movie theater and night entertainment options.

Comments and photos of other projects and amenities that residents would like to see included at Westminster Mall can be sent to Alexa Smittle at asmittle@westminster-ca.gov.

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