After a three hour hearing yesterday, the City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee decided to punt on the huge The Village at USC project. The redevelopment would take the rundown old University Village and remake it into a mixed-use plaza with retail, dorms, a grocery store, and green space, but locals have worried the plan will be too gentrifying, pushing out USC's low income neighbors. In response, PLUM yesterday "asked for more information about how other major universities have handled community concerns during major upgrades — including fears that low-income residents could be displaced," reports the LA Times. The report is expected in mid-September, but USC is antsy--this plan has been in the works in one form or another for nine years now.
· L.A. panel puts hold on $1.1-billion makeover of land near USC [LAT]
· Neighbors Worried The Village at USC Will Be Too Gentrifying [Curbed LA]