If you live in Old Towne Orange, or enjoy Old Towne Orange in its current state, you definitely want to attend this meeting! A few of the highlights from their proposed amendment:
- Increase in student enrollment from 8,700 to 11,560 students (33% increase)
- Increase classroom seating capacity from 5,000 to 7,500 (50% increase)
- Increase Specific Plan area from 58+ acres to 75+ acres (29.3% increase)
- Decrease maximum allowable open space from 30% to 25% of the overall campus
There was also a phrase embedded in the document that could be nothing, or it could have a much larger impact. The phrase is as follows: "an enhanced circulation discussion". What does that mean? Does it imply closing off streets, or multiple streets, to make the campus more contiguous? For whom is circulation being enhanced? Students or residents?
The list of construction and demolition projects is long (and expected to be completed over the next 10 years), and will impact Old Towne Orange for not just the next 10 years, but for many, many years to come.
So what are your thoughts on the matter? Has Chapman University's expansion and influence been positive or negative for Old Towne Orange? I suspect that an argument could be made either way. I'm anxious to know what YOU think!