Fuller Theological Seminary will not leave its Pasadena campus to move to Pomona primarily due to restrictions on the current property, school officials announced Monday, Oct. 28.
President Mark Labberton had announced in May 2018 that the seminary would sell its 13-acre campus and move to Pomona by 2021 because remaining in Pasadena would be costly and limit its ability to reach potential students.
But, he said Monday in an issued statement, despite having purchased land and developed architectural plans, the move is not possible now.
“This means letting go of some wonderful dreams and hopes we shared with Pomona leaders and citizens, with whom we hoped to become neighbors,” Labberton said. “We deeply regret seeing these dreams unfulfilled.”
Labberton said the board voted unanimously on Thursday, Oct. 24, to remain in Pasadena for two reasons — dramatically escalated construction costs in Southern California, and differences with the city of Pasadena that affected the sale and sale price of the existing campus.
Fuller spokesman Britt Vaughn declined to discuss details of “the differences” that arose suddenly and unexpectedly, making the sale of the Pasadena property and construction of the new campus in Pomona unfeasible.
Fuller officials said a lot changed very quickly.
“The economics and timing on which we based the original plan have changed too significantly to make it the best course for Fuller’s future,” board Chairman Dan Meyer said in a statement posted on Fuller’s website.
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