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FAQs

How will the USC Village benefit you?
The USC Village redevelopment is the largest economic development project to be proposed in South Los Angeles. It will be an economic engine for the City and County of Los Angeles, generating 12,000 new jobs (4,000 construction-related, 8,000 permanent throughout the development area), and much-needed funds. In addition, the village will provide housing for USC students and faculty adjacent to campus, reducing traffic in the neighborhoods and freeing up substantial housing in the community for local residents.

If you live in the community, you may find a job at the village through USC’s Local Hiring Program, or may even work on the construction of the village.  Once USC Village is built, you’ll be able to shop or dine at  with friends and family, or simply stroll through the beautiful open spaces.  These are just a few of the ways USC Village can benefit you.

What will the new USC Village look like?
USC Village will be architecturally compatible with the buildings on the University Park campus, with collegiate gothic characteristic elements incorporated into the design. As a result, the village will look like an extension of the University Park campus, with beautiful pedestrian walkways and open spaces throughout.  The pedestrian paths will be designed to invite the community and public in to the village to browse, shop and enjoy the space.

Can anyone live in the village?
The housing units at USC Village are being designed for USC students and faculty who oversee the residential communities. For some time, the community has been asking the university to provide more student housing. The village does just that. The City’s Draft Environmental Impact Report estimates that by including student housing in the USC Village project, more than 900 housing units in the surrounding community previously occupied by students can be returned to community use.

Will it be affordable enough for students to move out of non-university owned housing?
Student housing in the village will be priced at the same rate as on-campus housing. Additionally, the university provides housing packages for students that demonstrate financial need. Since this will be university-owned housing, financial aid packages will enable students to afford housing at the village.

Who owns the land? Is USC buying additional land?
USC owns the land that is being redeveloped into USC Village with one exception: Fire Station #15 on Jefferson Boulevard. We anticipate that the fire station operations will be relocated to another site nearby and the village will be built around and incorporate the historic fire station. USC does not need to buy additional land to build USC Village.

Will public funds be used for the USC Village project?
Public funds will not be used for the project.

When would the project be built?
Construction of USC Village is anticipated to start in mid-2014 at the earliest. The project would be built in a minimum of three phases over a number of years, with each phase taking approximately 24 months to complete.

Will any neighborhood residents be relocated?
No. Only USC-owned student housing will eventually be demolished and replaced, and the university will provide for alternate student housing before demolition occurs.

What will happen to the Fire Station?
The Los Angeles Fire Department has indicated a strong desire to move its Fire Station #15 operations to a different location nearby because the current station is small and access to Jefferson Boulevard is challenging for the department. USC is allocating funding to build a new, and upgraded, fire station off of Hoover Street.

Is the Jessie L. Terry Manor Senior Center part of the proposed development?
The senior center is shown in the Specific Plan boundary map but it is not included in USC’s development plans.

What does the City’s review process entail?
The City’s review of the project began with a process dictated by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This process included the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which identified all significant environmental impacts of the project and mitigation measures to reduce the significant impacts. This process allowed for public review and comment on the document.

A Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was submitted to a variety of city agencies for review and public hearings. The final EIR was certified by the city completing the the CEQA process.

Currently, USC is awaiting on the city-issued approvals in order to begin construction.

Where is USC in the process?
The city released the DEIR on May 27, 2010, and it was circulated for 60 days of public review. The public review period closed on July 12, 2010. The city  prepared the Final EIR and it was released to the public on July 5, 2011 for a series of public hearings prior to certification.

The Los Angeles city council voted unanimously in favor of USC Village on on December 11, 2012.

What will be the price range of the shops and restaurants?
There will be a wide range high quality, affordable retail at USC Village so that all members of the community can shop and dine here. Previous studies on the project have shown that student customer price points and community member custom prices points are an extremely good match.

What will happen to the businesses in the current University Village?
Many businesses that are in good standing will have an opportunity to relocate to USC Village. During the construction period, we hope that many of the businesses will relocate temporarily in the immediate area.

What retail will be in the new development?
We don’t know the exact retailers that will be located in USC Village yet, but we are very excited about the range and types of retailers that have expressed an interest in the village. We anticipate that there will be a mix of sit-down restaurants, shops, and service providers (dry cleaners, hair salons, shoe repair, etc.), as well as a food court, a grocery store, drugstore and other convenient services — all of the shops that you would want and expect in your community.

How will Jefferson Boulevard be affected?
Jefferson currently has four travel lanes: two east bound, two west bound, and a center turn lane along portions of the street. These portions of Jefferson will remain unchanged. What will change is the removal of the limited metered street parking along portions of Jefferson in order to accommodate new on-street bicycle lanes and widened sidewalks. This will have the effect of narrowing Jefferson without eliminating any travel lanes.  We will also add trees and lighting to encourage more pedestrian traffic on Jefferson.

Will the changes on Jefferson create more traffic?
The changes will not create more traffic because only metered parking will be removed.

Will there be enough parking?
USC Village will have adequate underground parking to meet demand.

Will I have to pay for parking?
This depends on where you park and for how long. If you are visiting USC Village to shop or dine, you are not likely to be charged for parking. The parking at USC Village is designed to serve those visiting the village and not those attending classes at the university or living at the village. Parking for students attending classes and for residents of the village will be provided elsewhere on university property.

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To view archival records, visit USC University Park Specific Plan.

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    This website contains archival information leading to the approval for the construction of USC Village. All subsequent information on the USC Village may be found at village.usc.edu