Q: Why did the University change its development plans?
A: Before breaking ground for the proposed student housing development known as Filmmakers Village, the university conducted environmental testing of the underground conditions there. Results indicated the presence of chemicals beneath part of the site originally planned for that housing. The test results indicate there is no effect on campus health and safety. However, the university has decided it will not move forward with building Filmmakers Village. We believe it is in the best interests of our students, faculty, and the university to consider alternative development options.

Q: What is the source of the underground chemicals? What caused it?
A: The university is still evaluating the situation, but we do know that the site was previously used for industrial purposes by a company named Anaconda Wire and Cable. The chemicals detected appear to be the same type that would have likely been used in those industrial applications. We are considering all our options with regard to such potentially responsible parties.

Q: What is being done to rectify the underground chemicals?
A: The university is working to develop a plan to address the underground chemicals found in parts of the Anaconda Wire site.

Q: Will this affect activities in Marion Knott Studios?
A: No, normal activities (classes, events, etc.) will continue at Knott Studios.

Q: How do I get more information?
A: For additional information, please contact Kris Olsen, Vice President of Campus Planning & Operations, One University Dr., Orange, CA 92866, or at kolsen@chapman.edu or  714 744 7880.

(last updated 4-2-2014)