Los Angeles developer Urban Partners announced plans Monday for an eight-story, $135-million student apartment and retail project to be called University Gateway across the street from the University of Southern California.
Construction on the 421-unit complex at the northwest corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard is scheduled to start next year and be completed by fall 2008. USC will lease 70,000 square feet on the ground floor for a student bookstore and fitness center, the developer said; other retail tenants will include a restaurant.
The building was designed by Pasadena architectural firm Togawa & Smith Inc. to house 1,656 students in two-bedroom, two-bath units. Monthly rent for the units, which can accommodate four students, is expected to be more than $2,800 per unit.
Auto dealerships occupying most of the 4-acre site will move to a new facility at the southwest corner of Figueroa and Washington Boulevard, said Paul Keller of Urban Partners. A theatrical set storage facility owned by USC also will be moved.