West 27th Place Aims to be First LEED Platinum Student Housing Project

Los Angeles West 27th Place will serve USC students.


Los Angeles
— West 27th Place, a mixed-use community that will include 161 apartment units serving students of the University of Southern California (USC) and 10,000 square feet of shops and restaurants including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, is aiming to become the first LEED Platinum certified student housing project in the nation. Located at the intersection of Figueroa and West 27th in Los Angeles, the project is being developed by CityView and Symphony Development. The community is fully leased and students are moving in for the 2011-2012 academic year. It offers studios and one- to four-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 425 to 1,364 square feet. Amenities include a resort-style salt water swimming pool and spa, which uses fewer chemicals than a conventional pool. Also, the 24-hour fitness center and computer lab are designed with recycled materials in their furnishings and floor coverings.


“One item after another was analyzed and designed to deliver dual benefits — to suit the needs of tenants and also be enviro-friendly,” says David Hillard, president of Symphony Development.


The city of Los Angeles motivated the developers to start the project, offering to expedite planning approvals if the developers registered for any type of green certification. The project is situated near multiple community resources and public transportation, including a stop on USC Transit’s A Route and a station on the new Expo light rail line. Finally, the parking garage offers preferred spaces for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles as well as plenty of bicycle storage.

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