Village Plaza Shopping Center

Phase 1

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 the City of Placentia Planning Commission evaluated and approved the first phase of the Village Plaza shopping center improvements which entailed the removal of a vacant 8,370-square foot former “El Torito” restaurant building, at the southeast corner of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Kraemer Boulevard. The vacant building was demolished and replaced by an approximately 7,000-square foot multi-tenant retail commercial building. The proposed building is designed to accommodate two fast-casual restaurants (Pizza Rev & Chipotle) with one tenant space designated for a 2,500-square foot coffee shop with a drive-through (Starbucks).  The building was designed to reflect Spanish-style architecture which features design elements such as clay tile, smooth stucco finishes, and decorative metal work along each of the building’s facades. The new building is adjacent to the intersection of Kraemer Boulevard and Yorba Linda Boulevard. The building is intended to facilitate a strong pedestrian connection between the public right-of-way and the proposed pad building. This connection is achieved through enhanced pedestrian paths that provide direct access from the public sidewalk to the building’s storefronts and large outdoor passive seating areas. These pedestrian areas are enhanced with decorative paving that provides a continuous border around the building. Seating areas are enhanced with decorative fencing/walls, metal shade structures, decorative landscaping, and a decorative water feature within the main patio area located at the northwest corner of the building. The new pad building is intended to serve as the first phase of a two-phase plan to revitalize the rest of the Village Plaza shopping center, which is presently ongoing.


El Torito Development

Phase 2

In December 2019, the City of Placentia Planning Commission approved a façade rehabilitation project for the “Village Plaza” retail shopping center that will remodel all the aging buildings with new architecture, including various hardscape and landscape improvements. The revitalization project includes:

  • Newly upgraded building facades
  • Outdoor dining areas.
  • A new drive-through associated with a new casual dining restaurant.

Project features will include new light fixtures for brighter lighting throughout the plaza, large concrete planters with seating along pedestrian walkways, and additional shade structures and awnings to make the public spaces more inviting and provide comfortable access to retail spaces.

Construction is ongoing with exterior framing erected on all four buildings and removal of the storefront awnings. The buildings are taking shape into what will reflect a Spanish Contemporary architectural design theme with the northeasterly pad building undergoing the installation of the final stone veneer and stucco exterior finishes. The shopping center remodel is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2022.

Please contact the Development Services Department at (714) 993-8124 for additional information.  

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