September 16, 2014

Yesterday USC broke ground on University Village, a $650 million 15-acre mixed use development along Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, marking the largest development project to ever hit South Los Angeles. Meléndrez designed the public and private plazas, paseos and open spaces throughout the development in coordination with architect Harley Ellis Devereaux. The site design breaks up large blocks with series of pedestrian paseos and green spaces to create connections for non-motorized uses. Native and adaptive landscaping combined with seating nooks and different sized gathering areas creates a vibrant neighborhood feel that encourages use of outdoor space and student interaction. The entire Village area is designed around a central square and green space that can accommodate events. Outdoor dining space will line the central plaza, enlivening the internal corridors.

The development set to complete in 2017, will provide five-story residence halls for 2,700 students, a grocery store, a fitness center, a drugstore, 115,000 sf of retail, and restaurants. The heart of the original design included a hotel and movie theater, later scraped due to the recent development of similar amenities in Downtown Los Angeles over the last few years. 

Read more about the event and project at:

Los Angeles Times

ABC News


Fox News

CBS Los Angeles

Los Angeles Business Journal

USC News

Daily Trojan


Curbed LA