Orange to sell surplus land near Chapman Panther Village

By Sentry Staff

The City of Orange has identified two parcels that it no longer needs and will offer for sale.

The first, a 2.58-acre vacant lot located east of the I-5 access ramp on Chapman and north of Chapman University’s Panther Village, was acquired by the former Orange Redevelopment Agency (RDA) from Caltrans in 2005. It became city property last March when the RDA was dissolved.

The city’s public works department wants to retain approximately 15,000 square feet of the property for a future water well. Because the parcel is landlocked, the likely buyer for the remaining 97,384 square feet would be one of the adjacent land owners, Caltrans, Chapman University, a mobile home lot, or The Irvine Co.

A 7,596-sq.-ft. parcel at 2935 E. Walnut has also been surplused. The city bought that property from the county in 1975 for $100. The site once held a single-family residence that was damaged in the 1969 Santiago Creek Flood. Orange wanted the property for a proposed Walnut Avenue Bridge, but its location has been moved south of the parcel.

The property is zoned for a single-family residence, and is encumbered with an OC Flood Control easement.

Both properties will be initially offered to other public agencies or nonprofits, as required by law. If no interest is shown, the land will be sold on the open market.