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Hot stuff: Officials break ground on Fire Station 15

Posted on by Teresa Lara

USC leaders joined the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and civic and community officials at a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 13 for the new city of Los Angeles Fire Station No. 15 near USC Village.

Among the city leaders were L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, Councilmembers Curren Price, Mitch Englander and Fire Commissioners Delia Ibarra, Jimmy Hara and Jimmie-Woods Gray.

Fire Station No. 15 services, currently located at 915 W. Jefferson Blvd., will be moved within a two-block proximity to 3000 S. Hoover Blvd., at the corner of Hoover and 30th Street.

The new facility, sporting an Italian Romanesque design, will sit on an acre of land three times the size of the existing station and is scheduled to open in spring 2015.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias thanked the city officials, acknowledging firefighters and first responders who have serviced the West Adams district for more than a century, and he expressed the university’s deep appreciation for their service.

“While we can never put a price on a life saved, it is also difficult to assign value to the peace of mind that a fire department provides to its community,” Nikias said. “We are proud to have been able to provide a home for this historic station, as well as a new home for it in the future.”

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, left, Councilmember Curren Price, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone and Councilmember Mitchell Englander break ground at the new USC Village fire station. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, left, Councilmember Curren Price, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone and Councilmember Mitchell Englander break ground at the new USC Village fire station. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

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City Planning Commission approves design guidelines

Posted on by Teresa Lara

USC Village rendering plaza view

The new USC Village will feature a town square for the university and the community, with more than 2 million square feet of community-serving retail, student housing, and academic space.

December 12, 2013

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission unanimously approved the USC Village design guidelines albeit a few modifications to descriptive terminology.

This important vote allows USC to apply for city permits that are needed to begin construction.

USC would like to thank all of the community members and local business owners who attended the public workshop on October 29, 2013 and the public hearing on November 5, 2013 on the *Design Guideline Appendices, hosted by the City of Los Angeles.

*The USC design guidelines were separated into two appendices:

Appendix A: includes the building design guidelines

Appendix B: outlines streetscape design guidelines

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University thanks village of supporters

Posted on by Teresa Lara

Lupe Garrido’s walk to the podium was the last stage in a journey from South Los Angeles resident to parent leader of USC’s flagship neighborhood academic enrichment program to proud supporter of a historic project.

Speaking to a crowd of hundreds in the Galen Center Founders Room at the USC Village Appreciation Dinner on April 2, Garrido thanked community members for their participation in multiple USC Village community meetings and City Hall hearings over the past year.

Parents, residents and business and civic leaders turned out repeatedly to express their needs and show their support for USC Village. The student housing and community-serving retail project is expected to create 12,000 jobs while changing the face of the university and South Los Angeles.

“Taking time off work is nothing compared to what USC has already given our children and what it is doing for our community,” Garrido said. “I wish we could do more.”

Garrido’s son, Daniel, a senior at USC, is a graduate of the Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI), a seven-year program that offers college preparatory tutoring on the USC campus. He was awarded a full scholarship to USC. Daniel’s sister, a senior at Foshay Learning Center, one of the USC Family of Schools, is following her brother’s footsteps through the NAI. Their mother is president of the initiative’s Parent Leadership Board.

Following Garrido’s keynote, Thomas S. Sayles, senior vice president for University Relations, expressed his appreciation to the community. In both English and Spanish, he thanked council members, labor, business and community groups, and the many residents who supported the project.

 “I feel so very fortunate to have this job, to work with all of you and to have an opportunity to continue to make this community what it deserves to be and what it is rapidly becoming,” Sayles said.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was among the civic leaders in the audience, along with Jackie Dupont-Walker, president of Ward Economic Development Corp. and chair of the USC Specific Plan Community Advisory Committee, Michael Banner, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Local Development Corp., and Belinda Jackson, executive director of the Expo Center.

The celebration closed with a musical flourish, courtesy of the USC Trojan Marching Band.

The appreciation dinner came six days after USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a signing ceremony to mark the formal approval of USC Village. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously in favor of the project in December.

President Nikias and Mayor Villaraigosa held a signing ceremony on March 27 to mark the formal approval of USC Village. Attendees included council members Jan Perry and Ed Reyes. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

The vote cleared the way for USC to redevelop large parcels of university-owned land over at least the next 20 years. By far the biggest project will be the renovation of University Village, a small and dated shopping center across campus on Jefferson Boulevard.

The new USC Village will feature a town square for the university and the community, with more than 2 million square feet of community-serving retail, student housing, hotel and academic space.

Most importantly for neighbors and students, USC Village will include a full-service grocery store, many shops and restaurants, and up to 3,000 new student housing beds (in the first phase, out of a total of 4,038 over 20 years), which are expected to relieve pressure on rental units in the surrounding area.

“USC has always had a special relationship with its neighboring communities — working hand in hand, side by side, and standing the test of time,” Nikias said.

“This project comes with a $40 million package of benefits that will have a lasting impact on this community,” Villaraigosa said. “Under the agreement, USC will also provide $20 million for affordable housing.”

Craig Keys, associate senior vice president of USC Civic Engagement, added: “The benefits of the project to local residents will include the provision of an impactful range of economic, educational and community service activities.”

David Galaviz, executive director of USC Local Government Relations, said: “Throughout this entire process, we placed a very high value on engaging all levels of community stakeholders. We knew that in order to move this project forward, we needed to engage early and often.

“Going forward, we need to continue to collaborate with long-term supporters, listen and follow through on numerous aspects of this transformative project,” he added.

Councilwoman Jan Perry ’77, MPA ’81, whose district encompasses the USC campus, said the vote ushered in a new era for the region and “represents the largest private investment in the area to date.”

Councilman Ed Reyes, who also led the city’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee, added: “This project gives a sense of optimism for our community and will enhance the quality of life for thousands and thousands of Angelenos.”

For more information on the new USC Village, visit

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Unanimous City Council Vote Media Coverage

Posted on by Teresa Lara

La Opinion reported that the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved USC Village, a 35-acre project that will bring new retail, student housing and amenities to the community. KPCC-FM’s “OnCentral” noted that USC has agreed to extensive benefits for the local community, including the creation of 12,000 new jobs, 8,000 of which will be permanent.

“As someone who remembers South Los Angeles when it was thriving economically, I am enormously proud to be part of a university that will bring thousands of good jobs, badly needed shops and restaurants, and a new center of community life to our neighborhood,” said Thomas Sayles, USC senior vice president for university relations.

Curbed L.A. also featured USC Village, calling it one of the most notable Los Angeles development projects in 2012. The story stated that the redevelopment will bring to the community a grocery store, new retail, green space, and thousands of much-needed student beds.

ABC Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, NBC-LAUnivision Los Angeles affiliate KMEX-DT, and The Chronicle of Higher Education also featured the historical vote.

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Los Angeles Times publishes editorial on USC’s good-neighbor policy

Posted on by Minne Ho

In an editorial published on October 30, 2012, The Los Angeles Times called the Village at USC a “smart step” on the university’s part, offering a good template for how to work together so that communities thrive.

In addition to the student facilities, the university has agreed to give $20 million to a city fund to create and maintain affordable housing in the community around USC. If the university achieves the threshold of housing 70% of its undergraduates on its property, it will have to pay only $15 million into the fund. Everyone, from community groups to the university to the city, is pleased with this.

The university has also pledged to hire 30% of the workforce for the project from within a five-mile radius of the campus. That includes both temporary construction jobs and permanent new jobs.

Read the full article.

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Open House Events for January 2012

Posted on by Minne Ho

Junta de Puertas Abierta de USC-Plan Especifico

Download PDF with maps and Spanish-language information.

Thursday, January 12th
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
EXPO Center, 3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Parking is available in Lots 1, 4 and 5

Spanish translation is available.

The Department of City Planning is hosting an Open House on the proposed USC University Park Specific Plan. The Proposed Specific Plan would allow for the development of various academic buildings on the USC campus, as well as student and faculty housing, and commercial uses in the University Village area that may include a grocery store, movie theater, retail, restaurants and a hotel/conference center. At the Open House, City Planning Department staff will be available to answer your questions and collect your input on the proposed Specific Plan, Development Agreement, and Nexus Study. Your input at the early stages of this project is critical in shaping a development plan that meets the needs of both the university and the community as a whole. The community is welcome to attend either Open House at any time during the hours stated above; there will be no formal presentation. Maps and handouts will be available.

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Final EIR Released

Posted on by Alan House


If you would like to review a copy of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) or the documents referenced in the FEIR, you may do so by clicking here or by visiting Room 750, City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Please call ahead to make an appointment. Copies of the FEIR are also at the following library branches: Central Library, Exposition Park, Junipero Serra Branch Library, Vermont Square Branch Library, Jefferson Branch Library.

The FEIRs can also be purchased on cd-rom for $7.50 per copy. To purchase a copy, contact Diana Kitching of the City of Los Angeles at 213-978-1342.



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