USC plans to add housing to Boyle Heights medical center property

Conceptual rendering of potential future development at USC Health Science Campus. New dorms would be among the structures/USC

The same hill Boyle Heights hill where the publicly owned L.A. County-USC Medical Center is located is also home to the privately owned USC Health Sciences Campus.  This is where the Keck School of Medicine, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and numerous other university owned buildings are scattered across 79 acres that sprawls north to Valley Boulevard across the street from Lincoln Park. In 2011, the school adopted a long-term, master plan for its property that could eventually see the construction of more than three million square feet of new classroom space and medical buildings, a 200-bed hotel as well as dorms on the campus.

On Saturday morning, USC will hold a public presentation to review plans for one of the first projects to rise out of this master plan, 157 dorm units that could house up to 447 students. It would be the first, large-scale student housing to be built on the Health Sciences Campus, where now only a handful of residences are available for more than 12,000 students. The dorm would be located on a mostly vacant parcel near San Pablo and Alcazar streets.

“It’s really an important project to improve our competitiveness and to improve the campus,” said Craig Keys, the university’s Associate Senior Vice President for Civic Engagement. Building convenient and affordable on-campus housing will help in attracting students to the school, he said.

The presentation scheduled for Saturday’s  is among several the university has made at neighborhood council meeting and at other venues as it seeks to win support for its plans.

While the USC has adopted its master plan or vision for the property,  the university must still win city approvals for specific buildings and projects within the property, said Keys.  Meanwhile, the County of Los Angeles has also been working on a separate master plan for the adjacent public hospital grounds.

The university would like to open the dorms by August 2016 but it still needs to win city approvals to change existing planning rules and guidelines.

The USC master plan meeting will be held on Saturday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m. and on Thursday, August 8 at 6 p.m. at the Hazard Park Gym, 2230 Norfolk Street.


  1. I go to Keck all the time. It’s a nice complex of hospitals, good doctors, and has an excellent nursing staff. Adding housing will be good for the area, and LA as a whole. Right now there’s no ‘premiere’ medical center east of Cedars-Sinai (which is way overrated in my personal experience). Central and East LA deserves a world class hospital. Expanding something that employs lots of educated skilled workers and encourages them to live locally is a good thing.

  2. There goes the neighborhood!


  3. Yay building some nice housing. Boo! for removing trees from Hazard Park and turning Soto into more of a freeway ramp. USC does some awful car-centric planning and it makes their expansion plans into a threat to the community instead of the asset they should be.

  4. That area is pretty much a sea of parking lots now. Housing would make a lot of sense.

  5. What USC ought to do is buy the old County Medical building from LA County and rehab the building turn it into luxury housing for the students staff and faculty. If I am not mistaken that area near what use to be the the red car train track once located on Valley Blvd across where link Park is located at that is contaminated land. I am kind of surprised with USC should use their pull on buying up more land and pushing out the slums. USC should buy Lincoln Park and Hazard Park it would make a nice park for the their campus and medical patients plus that old Brick Boat House located in Lincoln Park would make a nice touch to incorporate into USC Brick Architecture. I know USC bought the DWP land that located in the area. By the looks of the rendering drawing the Medical Campus is still be surrounded by Juvenile Court Hall. There are times when you hear about a Juvenile trying to escape Juvenile Hall. I know the view from the Doheny Hospital you can see the play yard where they have the Juvenile run around in their jail uniforms. I would love to see USC get a hold of more land in this area and do a 180 gentrification of the area there are some nice old house in the neighborhood just needs to get rid of the riff raft…

  6. I can see why you post anonymously. What planet are you from? Those areas on the perimeter of USC Health Science Campus are called communities with real working class people who reside in them. And your USC arrogance shines like a falling star. How dare you think that these community parks and our old historic boathouse could be easily attained and treated like a housing fixture to complement USC’s rich architectural taste! You obviously have some familiarity with the area around the community, that is, USC’s community. Arrogant attitudes like yours are the reason why USC has a battle on their hand right now with a feisty community whom they tried to steal land from. Well, thank goodness USC “Fumbled the football” and have united all the surrounding communities to oppose their street extension through Hazard Park. I would love to see you bring that badly informed attitude to one of the community meetings that way you can really meet the community outside of a blog. Thanks for reminding me that sadly, there are still people who think so dispassionately about people that they have never met.

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