A first step toward developing a downtown and enhanced civic center may be taken Wednesday night when the Westminster City Council meets to discuss selecting a master planner.
The council will be asked to choose among three developers to create a plan to redo the Civic Center complex on Westminster Boulevard at All-American Way in a combination of open space, housing, retail and office uses alongside a new city hall and community center.
Earlier this year, the council approved a major general plan update that calls for creation of a new downtown district west of Beach Boulevard all the way to Springdale Street. A new Civic Center would adjoin and potentially create a more modern and attractive center for the community.
The Civic Center is 8.32 acres and is home to the existing city hall, community services building and senior citizen center, as well as a recently- completed new police building and adjacent parking structure, and the West Justice Center court building. On the periphery is the Westminster branch library, the Rose Center theater and a campus of Coastline Community College.
Applicants will be asked in their proposals before the council to state how they can create a project that:
- augments community image;
- enhances the Westminster Boulevard identity;
- expands housing types available in the city and acts as a model for similar projects;
- includes public buildings that “create a welcoming and efficient environment.”
The council will meet at 7 p.m. in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd.