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West of the USC campus, the former tenants of the Rolland Curtis Gardens apartments have been relocated, and local nonprofit Abode Communities is proceeding with the redevelopment of the property.

Slated for the southwest corner of Exposition Boulevard and Wisconsin Street, the project will consist of a series of one-to-five-story buildings featuring 140 affordable housing, 8,000 square feet of street-fronting retail space and parking for 114 vehicles.  The residential and commercial buildings will wrap around a central courtyard, featuring green space and a children's play area.

A series of charettes were held regarding potential ground-floor tenants for the complex, with neighbors suggesting possibilities such as a health clinic, nonprofit office space and small business retail.  The commercial space would front the Expo Line right-of-way along the north side of the property.

Previous reports have pointed to an approximately two-year construction timeline.

The property is located west of the Exposition Park site where filmmaker George Lucas will construct his $1-billion Museum of Narrative Art.

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