Finally, after kicking the can down the road a couple times, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee has signed off on The Village at USC, which would replace the crappy old University Village mall with 200 acres of new retail, dorms, a grocery store, and green space. Now that PLUM has approved it, the project can move onto the full City Council for a vote. The committee had previously delayed making a decision because community members are worried about the gentrifying effects of the project--fancy new amenities could turn into higher local rents, forcing out current residents. But USC has now agreed to spend $20 million on keeping up affordable housing in the area and to give hiring priority to workers who live within five miles of the campus. The school will also "create a legal clinic at its Gould School of Law to help local residents with tenant-landlord disputes," reports the LA Times.
· $1-billion Village at USC approved by L.A. council panel [LAT]
· The Village at USC Archives [Curbed LA]