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.

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