Starbucks seen for Keystone Square site

KEYSTONE SQUARE at Beach and Westminster boulevards in Westminster, reflecting the Old English/Tudor style used in the Civic Center area (OC Tribune photo).

The modern replacement for an iconic building near the Civic Center goes before the Westminster Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Beachminster LLC of Torrance is proposing to build a 24-hour coffee shop with a drive-through at 14041 Beach Blvd., just south of Westminster Boulevard.

The parcel was first the site of the Ha’Penny Inn, then later a Victoria Station restaurant and most recently the Westminster Manor banquet hall.

It’s located in what was originally Keystone Square, a three-building complex constructed in the 17th century English Tudor style, a nod to the city’s namesake, the Westminster Abbey in London.

The 2,000-square foot facility, will have indoor and outdoor seating, but – as currently proposed – won’t continue the style of the previous buildings. While the application doesn’t name an operator, city officials believe it will be Starbuck’s.

According to Soroosh Rahbari, the city’s community development director, the city has urged the developer to follow the Old English style similar to adjacent buildings in the Civic Center area.

The Design Element of the city’s general plan declares Keystone Square to be “an area of local significance for the city, which best captures the Old English architecture that reflects the community’s history,” according to a staff report.

Tudor/Old English styles include steep-pitched full gable roofs, big masonry chimneys, patterned brick and half-time exposed decorative framing.

City staff recommend that the project be approved, but with the condition that would “require the applicant to work with the staff to make such changes.”

The commission meets in the council chamber at 8200 Westminster Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.


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