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The Cliff Apartments, 1321 Whaley Street: Early March 2021   9 comments

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I was only vaguely aware of The Cliff Apartments when I was at USC, though apparently they had been open for several years at that point. They, along with the Bates-es were just on a side of campus I never had any reason to go to. Now USC has razed the building as part of a plan for a new "Campus Village".

The State has the story here and here. Apparently students were forced out of these dorms in the middle of the year to save construction costs by not holding off on the work. In the event, they seem to be several months behind schedule tearing this place down, and I expect the pandemic played into it. Bates & Bates West are also on the block for the next phase of the project.

I don't know. To me it seems like the campus area has been vastly overbuilt in the last several years. I just don't see enrolement continuing to grow as it has, especially with the total game-changer of remote classes during this last year. We'll see.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Written by ted on March 24th, 2021

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9 Responses to 'The Cliff Apartments, 1321 Whaley Street: Early March 2021'

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  1. USC wants to be in the business of entertainment and housing, not education.

    Dan R

    26 Mar 21 at 6:51 am

  2. @Dan, you're close...only they don't really want to be in the business of housing anymore either. Thus the rise of all the shi-shi "student housing". Why students can't just sign a lease at an apartment like any other human being is beyond me.

    These are the same folks who complain at length about the "outrageous cost of a college education", but who also seem to think their college residence ought to resemble The Four Seasons in Manhattan.

    Lone Wolf

    26 Mar 21 at 10:54 am

  3. Lone Wolf, you nailed it. I'm sick to death of hearing all the whining about the high cost of college when the dorms/student apartments are filled with luxury appointments. And it's not just housing: I am told the marble floors in the law school on Gervais Street are quite impressive. Marble floors in an academic building!

    Michael Mahon

    27 Mar 21 at 8:29 am

  4. The thing that bothers me about all of this building is that there is insufficient parking...not only that, for some of the buildings I’ve seen go in since I graduated in 2012 they’ve taken out some parking lots which is the exact reverse of what needs to be done...


    27 Mar 21 at 10:08 am

  5. There is a big push to get rid of parking. They seem to want everyone to be able to walk, or ride a shuttle around campus.

    As far as the marble floors, I'm guessing a donor might have paid for that.

    Mr. Bill

    27 Apr 21 at 10:17 am

  6. Folks I have this Coladaily story talking about the future of this property from the groundbreaking thereof (I just hope they consider parking needs in the finished product)...


    27 May 21 at 9:13 am

  7. I ride by this place everyday, twice a day. They have it cordoned off. The trees are gone, they ripped those out about a week and a half ago. Ted, if you want pictures of the buildings, you better get out there quick. They might be down in a week or two.


    27 May 21 at 11:40 am

  8. From what I’ve read Bates and Bates West are not going to be demolished in this phase, but it’s possible that happens along with the Carolina Gardens apartments across the street in future phases (if needed).


    27 May 21 at 1:26 pm

  9. Quick heads up -- you may want to get pictures of Bates & Bates West soon. Its appears they are being prepped for demo soon.


    27 Jun 21 at 7:47 pm

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