Killefer Square Staff Report

The City of Orange Staff Report on this project can be found here.

The developers behind the Killefer Square project recently went before the Design Review Committee (DRC) to receive preliminary feedback on the project.  Here are some helpful excepts from the staff report, which can be found here.

  1. … the proposed project was not in conformance with the Secretary’s Standards and that the project was a potentially significant impact to the historical resource that could not be mitigated to a less than significant level.”

  2. Important historic spaces and spatial relationships, including the courtyard, interior classroom spaces, and the view of the property from N. Lemon Street, would be significantly altered by the new construction.

  3. The changes to the historic building, along with the size, scale, proportion and massing of the new buildings is not compatible with the historic property or the Old Towne Historic District across the street on N. Lemon.
  4.  The new construction alters the historic character of the property.

There will be more information sessions hosted by the developer.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and see project models.

Additionally, information opposing the project can be found here at the Old Towne Preservation Association’s (OTPA) website.


Respect Orange wants to inform the community of a private student housing community being proposed at the site of the former Killefer School, which is walking distance to Chapman University.   Respect Orange encourages the community to find out more information on the project so the community can formulate its own thoughts, opinions, and feelings about the project.

New CU President Wants To Add 2000-3000 Students

August 09, 2016 – Soon to be Chapman University President, Daniele Struppa who is replacing Jim Doti, sat down with Rick Reiff from Inside OC.  See the video clip below.

Respect Orange believes Chapman University is an above average educational institution with below average student amenities.  High quality schools such as Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford have more than 90% of their student population living on campus where students have the opportunity to share ideas, work together, and have quality bonding experiences. Respect Orange wants the same for the current Chapman University student population and Respect Orange fully supports the current students that attend Chapman University in their educational endeavors.

Respect Orange supports the growth of Chapman University as long as The University develops and offers on-campus dormitory space for 90% of its existing students and all future enrolled students for each academic year(to match these top tier schools), whether this number is 10,000 students or the 34,000 students at George Mason University, where Dr. Struppa was formerly employed.

Community Coffee – Killefer School Project

Chapman University has been a part of Orange since 1954 and continues to be a renowned institution and a source of pride for our city.

As Chapman University has grown over the years many Orange neighborhoods that were established as low-density single family residents have seen the increase of community-based Chapman student houses. Many local neighborhoods have experienced residential properties that once housed a small family with two vehicles change to housing for multiple students with multiple vehicles.  This is very difficult for neighborhoods to support and the single family residences consisting of Chapman students has severely impacted the population density, traffic, parking, noise, disruptive behavior, etc.  The insufficient supply of dedicated student housing at Chapman University is a problem that continues to impact the community and this renowned institution.

Respect Orange wants to inform the community of a private student housing community being proposed at the site of the former Killefer School, which is walking distance to Chapman University.   Respect Orange encourages the community to find out more information on the project so the community can formulate its own thoughts, opinions, and feelings about the project.

The Killefer Square project is proposing 350 beds in a gated community that includes underground parking and around the clock onsite security staff and video monitoring.

While Respect Orange is looking forward to learning more about the proposed project and developing our own opinions on the project, the organization strongly believes it has a duty in  distributing information so the community can formulate its own views.  The Killefer Square project applicants will be holding two neighborhood meetings in August where the community can view details of the project, ask questions about the project, and gather additional information.   Complimentary coffee and donuts will be served at these community events, found here.

Community Coffee #1: Saturday, August 13 at Yorba Middle School from 9am-10am.  Event Details can be found here.  

Community Coffee #2: Saturday, August 20 at Pitcher Park from 9am-10am. Event Details can be found here.  


To read a previous post on this project, click here

Welcome to the Neighborhood


Chapman University’s Fall semester is about to begin and students will arrive back to our wonderful city.  RespectOrange would like to take this opportunity to welcome students back to Orange and share some helpful hints for residents and homeowners to get to know your potential student neighbor and help them integrate into the family neighborhood.

RespectOrange believes college is the chance to find out how far you can go, to see what your potentials are, and to discover how much you can accomplish — and all the time having the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing it on your own.  For many students, this is the first time away from home or the first time living in a family neighborhood with peers.

RespectOrange always tries to have the best interest and safety for our Chapman University neighbors in mind while they plan for their future and RespectOrange wants to do everything we can to help individual students succeed. This is the reason why RespectOrange has created a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” flyer that can be found by clicking here.  We highly recommend printing the flyer, writing your name and contact information on it, and giving it to your student neighbor in case they need to contact you.

The intent of this flyer is for residents to meet their student neighbor and to pass along information that can be used throughout the school year to be a good neighbor.  By establishing neighbor communication and passing along helpful hints, residents and students can work together to keep our community wonderful.




If you suspect a boarding house and don’t feel comfortable contacting the City of Orange or want to remain anonymous, fill out the form below and Respect Orange will submit the information on your behalf.

A boarding house is a residence or dwelling, other than a hotel, wherein three or more rooms are rented under three or more separate written or oral rental agreements, leases or subleases or combination thereof, whether or not the owner, agent or rental manager resides within the residence. Communal Housing is for nonfamily groups with common kitchen and dining facilities but without medical, psychiatric or other care including boardinghouses, lodging houses, dormitories, fraternity/sorority houses, communes, and religious homes (O.M.C. 17.04.021)

Help Wanted

Respect Orange is looking for one or two people who have the poise, networking, and time to help formulate an actionable plan where the Orange community can engage our city leaders on code enforcement, specifically the “mini dorms” that have popped up in Orange neighborhoods.  The collateral damage of the “mini dorms” include, but are not limited to: increase population density, added noise, residential parking issues, etc.  Respect Orange believes the energy directed at “mini dorm” should not be directed at Chapman University, but rather we need to look to our city leaders on how to better enforce the current codes.

Respect Orange believes in individual property rights and does not fault Chapman University for the actions of private individuals and businesses buying homes and converting them into “mini dorms”.   While this action changes the make up and consistency of the neighborhood, our city leaders should educate these owners of the laws and safety statues to ensure these measures do not occur.

Meeting Recap with CU

Over the past few months Respect Orange has had much communication with Chapman University by attending many of the same events, meetings, and groups.  Wednesday, Respect Orange had the official opportunity to meet with Chapman University.  We are happy to report that we had a good, positive conversation by sharing ideas, materials, and plans.  Respect Orange was very pleased with our time with Chapman University and the organization is looking forward to what is ahead.

Our meeting lasted a few hours and we plan on meeting on a regular basis to help build bridges between the residents of Orange and Chapman University.  Respect Orange strongly believes in this approach and is looking forward to the future.



“Greet everyone you meet with Respect and a smile”  This was a phrase one of the Respect Orange board members heard as a boy and it has stuck with him.


The Respect Orange organization really started from what we were personally experiencing with our neighbors and what we witnessed at a few city council meetings.  It was amazing all of the emotion and passion we were seeing and it was also a little frightening. It really needed to be channeled in a positive and constructive manner.

One of the reasons Respect Orange was started and given the name it has was to bring all sides together.  We are really trying to create an organization that does not create an “us vs them” mentality, no matter the issue, but one that brings people together over commonalities, such as our wonderful city, to foster communication.  This is one of the reasons why we have started selling Respect Orange Gear. Similar to how someone identifies with a stranger who is wearing a favorite sports team jersey, we believe the Respect Orange shirts, stickers, and tote bags can accomplish the same thing and strike up conversation between residents and CU students.

Respect Orange wants to bring action in a positive manner where both the homeowners and the Chapman University community could get behind and show support.  While making relationships better with residents and the CU community, this is not the only issue we have taken up in our city. There will be more details on these at a later date.

As we have sat down with students, city officials, elected officials, CU employees, residents, etc we are doing a lot of listening and learning more each day. The “student” issues in the residential family areas that pop up are byproducts or symptoms of circumstances and decisions that were made prior to today. Whether through the decisions (or lack thereof) by City Officials or by Chapman, we think taking a solutions based approach works a lot better than pointing fingers. Inaction and finger pointing does not accomplish much and this is one of the many reasons why we wanted to tackle this issue from a macro level and create an organization that everyone can get behind to show their support for their city: Residents, CU students, business owners, CU alumni, etc.

We would welcome any suggestions on how we can make our city great, increase the morale, and bring mutual respect to our community.

Meeting with Chapman University

Respect Orange wants to thank the many Orange community members who have shared their stories, situations, and suggestions that affect them and this is the reason why Respect Orange has spent a lot of time and energy talking with Chapman University student leaders involved in student government, Greek organizations, athletics, etc. Respect Orange has also had many informal phone calls, emails, and face-to-face conversations with Chapman University administration the past few months.  This week Respect Orange is planning on sitting down formally with administration at Chapman University.  We are anticipating this meeting to go well and to build bridges between the community and Chapman University.  We will keep you updated on this process.

City of Orange Election Information

Respect Orange appreciates the incumbent council members who have stood up and are tackling the party ordinance, an issue that Respect Orange cares deeply about.

Each of the incumbent council members demonstrated leadership for, and respect of, Orange.

Respect Orange encourages our friends who agree with supporting such leadership, demonstrated by the three incumbent council up for re-election in the 2016.  For this reason, we are happy to provide the following campaign information for these three incumbents to assist in considering the possibility of supporting each of these city leaders in the democratic election process in November 2016.


The three current council members that are up for re-election are:

Council Member Mike Alvarez

Councilman Alvarez has a 2016 Campaign Kick-Off event on Wednesday, June 8.  More information on the event can be found by clicking here.



Mayor Tita Smith


Council Member Mark Murphy –


We respect each Orange resident’s freedom to exercise their own individual rights to participate in our city’s election process and encourage each of our neighbors and friends to participate in this vital public service.