Community Open House at USC Village Saturday

August 18, 2017

Sculptor Christopher Slatoff, Niki C. Nikias and USC President C. L. Max Nikias at the dedication of Hecuba in USC Village

USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomes the community to the massive new retail and student residential development offering expanisve public space

Contact: Ron Mackovich at (213) 810-8583 or

WHAT: An open house and celebratory event, with refreshments, lively entertainment, giveaways and a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band. As many as 4,500 people are expected to gather in the Central Piazza, which is more than an acre in size.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug.19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special program begins at 12:30 p.m.

WHO: President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles City Council members Curren Price and Herb Wesson, California State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, USC Vice President of Capital Construction Lloyd Silberstein and USC Director of Capital Construction Willy Marsh, along with members of the community and construction workers who helped build USC Village.

WHERE: USC Village, Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, Los Angeles, 90007

PARKING: Free parking will be provided at the new USC Shrine parking structure, 631 W. Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007. The structure is within easy walking distance of USC Village, and free shuttles will be provided.

MORE: USC Village, a $700-million investment funded entirely by USC, is the largest development in the history of South Los Angeles.

In addition to a Trader Joe’s, a Target and many other shops, services and restaurants, USC Village offers green space and parks with more than 390 trees.

USC Village was the result of strong relationships with the city, and the community.

USC provided more than $40 million in community benefits, including $20 million for affordable housing. USC also built a new state-of-the-art fire station as part of the project while preserving the old one.

The project supported more than 5,600 construction jobs and focused on community hires through a project labor agreement. More than 20 percent of workes lived within 5 miles of the project, 423 trades apprenticeships were fostered by USC Village and more than 324 disadvantaged local workers worked onsite.

USC Village has created nearly 800 permanent full-time and part-time jobs so far.

USC Village provides housing for 2,500 existing students who live above the retailers.

USC Village features underground on-site parking for cars and bikes and is a short distance from the Expo Line.

Photo: Gus Ruelas/USC