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USC Kicks off Construction of $650 Million USC Village Residential and Retail Development

October 6, 2014

Rendering of the USC Village development.When I was an Urban Planning student at USC, my classmates and I would propose development projects for classes that could replace the existing University Village (The UV).  The Village is a fantastic vision for this site.  Imagine a development like this across from Santa Ana College.

From USC News – On September 15, hundreds gathered to officially break ground on USC Village, a 1.25-million-square-foot residential and retail center that will reshape the university and its residential life.

The biggest development in the history of USC at $650 million, the project also will be one of the largest in the history of South Los Angeles, providing thousands of jobs and pumping billions of dollars into the local economy.

“In the past four years, we have been privileged to break ground on a number of new projects at USC. But this village is an especially historic moment for USC, for our neighborhood and for Los Angeles as a whole,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias declared on Sept. 15 as Los Angeles civic leaders, students, faculty, staff and members of the community applauded at the ceremony, held on the leveled ground of what was once University Village just north of campus.

Scheduled for completion in 2017, the USC Village will include a market (Trader Joe’s is the first confirmed new tenant), drugstore, a fitness center, a Trojan Town USC store, restaurants and outdoor dining, plenty of parking and a community room.

Tree-lined entrances will lead to a central plaza surrounded by outdoor dining and community-serving shops and cafes, along with a fountain and a statue of the female counterpart to Tommy Trojan — Hecuba, the queen of Troy.

A cluster of five-story residence halls and a clock tower in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style will rise above USC Village, housing up to 2,700 of USC’s top students under the mentorship of senior faculty masters.

USC Village, which will increase the number of students in USC-owned housing by nearly 40 percent, further cements USC’s transition to a truly residential university.

USC Village will replace the nearly 50-year-old University Village and will sit on 15 acres of land the university has owned for several years.  In 2012, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in favor of the USC Specific Plan for the USC Village.

One of the people instrumental in making the Village happen is USC Trustee Kathleen Leavey McCarthy who, along with the Leavey Foundation, donated $30 million last month to create the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation Honors Hall at the new USC Village.

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