Community • Collaboration • Connectivity
Planning is underway to transform Whittwood Town Center over time into a new destination where residents can gather, shop, dine, live and play.
As we kick off the planning process for reimagining the new Whittwood Town Center, we look to the Whittier community for collaboration and ideas to create a place that highlights the sense of community that the city of Whittier exemplifies.
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During the reimagining phase, we need your input to ensure that the final product meets the needs, desires and aspirations of Whittier’s current and future residents.
Whittier’s vibrant sense of community is the heart of a reimagined Whittwood Town Center. This plan will put people first, celebrate everyday life at a human scale, create vibrant gathering places, and attract and retain quality retailers to make Whittwood every resident’s destination center.
Being part of the community fabric today and tomorrow, Whittwood Town Center will be a high-quality mixed-use redevelopment for current and future generations.
A sense of community is at the heart of reimagining the Whittwood Town Center. This plan will put people first, celebrate everyday life at a human scale, create vibrant gathering places, and attract and retain quality retailers to make Whittwood every resident’s destination center.
Being part of the community fabric today and tomorrow, Whittwood Town Center can be a high-quality mixed-use redevelopment for current and future generations.
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Whittwood Town Center:
- Represents a standard of excellence
- Designed for people and how they live
- Provides opportunities to gather and connect as a community
- Creates an environment that promotes health and wellness
Whittwood Town Center is uniquely positioned to become a vibrant mixed-use town center given its proximity and increasing transit connectivity. City planners have studied Whittier Boulevard, and it has been regionally identified as a transit corridor. In addition, Whittwood Town Center has been identified as a transit center connecting people to employment opportunities and services.
Close to regional and community facilities:
- Transportation – Proximity to a major transportation corridor
- Medical Services – Positioned between Whittier Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center
- Education – Convenient access from Whittier College and Biola University
- Recreation – Near regional recreational facilities including Arroyo Pescadero, Hellman Park Trailhead, Elderberry Trail, Arroyo San Miguel, Murphy Ranch Park
- Governmental – Easy access to public facilities including Whittier City Hall, Whittier Public Library, Whittier City Library, multiple DMV kiosks
The Future of Retail
Whittwood Town Center needs to be prepared to reposition in a thoughtful and organized way with the least amount of disruption to the existing community and retailers.
With consumers no longer needing to be present to shop, retailers look for mixed-use developments that offer the consumer an exciting “town center” environment to live, work, shop, and play. As e-commerce grows, retailers’ building footprints are shrinking and moving from a merchandise volume approach toward one focused on the consumer experience. Consumers are seeking more than products. They are seeking a retail shopping experience that offers a sense of community.
As the retail industry continues to evolve, we’re planning for the future transition of the Sears, JC Penney and/or Kohl’s stores, if they’re no longer viable, to mixed-use developments that would include retail, restaurants, entertainment, and residential to create an exciting live, work, shop, and play environment.
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This is an opportunity for the Whittwood Town Center to grow with these trends and become a gathering place for Whittier residents. This endeavor needs the Whittier community to get involved. Please join us in reimagining the Whittwood Town Center. Click here to get involved.
Taking Time to Carefully Plan for the Future
The community-wide benefits that will accompany the new planning areas at the Whittwood Town Center will be brought in over time as new areas of the shopping center are reimagined.
The centerpiece of the new Whittwood Town Center will be The Plaza—a place to gather and connect with old friends and new, a place to hang out and relax, a place to meet before dining at a restaurant, shopping or enjoying a movie.
Whittwood Town Center has served the area with shopping, retail and restaurants for 61 years. Now, we look to the future and see so much more for Whittier. For this centrally located, community asset, we see a cohesive, vibrant mixed-use center with opportunities for additional and upgraded shopping, dining, hospitality and living.
Now we look to the City of Whittier—its residents, decision-makers, leaders – to provide input on the preliminary plans and give feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Please click here to submit your comments and add your name to our list for upcoming community involvement opportunities.