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Reading, Writing and More Red Brick: USC's Big Master Plan

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We've seen the USC put up its School of Cinematic Arts, watched as its University Gateway project wound up construction, and even caught a glimpse of those new canopies at the Expo Line stop. But all that doesn't compare to USC's Master Plan, a four-year-in-the-making Elkus Manfredi-designed housing, retail, and entertainment development that will bring numerous new buildings to the campus. A draft environmental impact report was released two weeks ago, which outlined some of what's coming and going. All the facilities are "intended to meet the needs of the University population" through 2030. Ah, future students. After the jump, the list.

Some of what's coming (this is just a partial list). Much of the construction will take place along Jefferson Boulevard, as well as Hoover Street.

---2.5 million square feet of academic and University space

---Retail/shopping center


---A grocery store

---A 2,000 seat movie theater

---University fitness center

---New housing

----An 165,000 square foot hotel and conference center with up to 150 guest
rooms, conference and banquet areas, a sit down restaurant, swimming pool and other related amenities.

--The conversion of the segment of McClintock Avenue between 30th Place and Jefferson Boulevard to a bicycle and pedestrian only street. The change would result in closure of the north leg of the intersection of McClintock Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard to vehicles.

Some of what's likely leaving.
The project will be developed on existing vacant and/or underutilized sites, but will likely take out the following (this is just a partial list):

---University Village Shopping Center on Hoover

---University-owned student apartment buildings including the Cardinal Gardens
Apartments and the Century and La Sorbonne Apartments.

--The East Library on Hope may have to be moved.

Meanwhile, the pedestrian-oriented nature of the campus would be still be maintained, according to the report. The Department of City Planning will hold a meeting on the draft EIR on Wednesday, June 16th in the senior ballroom at the Expo Center, 3980 S. Menlo Avenue.
· Environmental Impact Report Issued for USC Plan [USC]
· USC's new housing and retail plan passes early city review [LAT]

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