This just in … Starbucks, Chipotle moving into former bank building

At its March 12 meeting, La Jolla’s Planned District Ordinance (PDO) Committee heard preliminary plans for a proposal to convert the former World Savings Bank at 1055 Torrey Pines Road for reuse as a Starbucks coffee shop and a Chipotle Mexican restaurant on the ground floor, with office space above.

Architect Elizabeth Valerio, speaking on behalf of Starbucks, told the committee the international chain has applied to the city for a change of use from retail to restaurant use on a 1,625-square-foot portion of the bank site, which is to include a 1,099-square-foot outdoor patio where the drive-thru window previously existed.

“There will be additional parking, 38 spaces total, calculating 5 spaces per 1,000 square feet,” said Valerio. Starbucks is proposing a wall sign on the building, as well as another sign on an existing pylon.

Committee Chair Ione Stiegler cautioned that both signs may exceed PDO regulations, requiring Starbucks to reconsider its signage proposal. “This is a focal point,” said PDO committee member Jennifer Van Galder about the redevelopment’s significance. “You come into town, land in La Jolla — and there’s a Starbucks.” — Dave Schwab