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Monday, January 9, 2017

Landmark Mall revitalization project going forward

A rendering of "Landmark Corner." [Howard Hughes Corp.]
The Howard Hughes Corp., which plans to redevelop the site of Landmark Mall has acquired an  11.4-acre site that includes the Macy’s store and parking field, the company announced Jan. 9.

Macy’s Inc. is closing 68 of its stores nationwide, including the one at Landmark, as part of a reorganization strategy.

Howard Hughes Corp. plans to close the interior portion of Landmark Mall at the end of January.

“Building on the initial rezoning approval by the Alexandria City Council in June 2013, the company plans to transform the enclosed mall, which originally opened in 1965, and the Macy’s parcel into a vibrant open-air, mixed-use community with retail, residential, and entertainment components designed to create a dynamic urban village,” states a press release from the company.

“In addition to a fresh line-up of retail offerings and Class A residences, the new Landmark will feature multiple plazas and green spaces, outdoor seating, an updated transit center, seasonal entertainment, public art, numerous full-service and fast-casual dining options, and a luxury cinema,” it states.

“Our vision is to revive the site and create a new urban hub on the west end of Alexandria,” says  Mark Bulmash, senior vice president of development. The acquisition of Macy’s “enables us to increase the scale of this catalytic redevelopment and transform Landmark into a vibrant destination attracting area residents and visitors.”

“A definitive timeline for the redevelopment has not been finalized,” the company states. 

19 comments:

  1. Sweet! Please fast track this!

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  2. I am so envious. This is what we need in our area.

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    1. Reminds me of Shirlington and Mosaic... all good.
      Hey Annandale any aspirations from anywhere?

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    2. This is our area. What is it? A mile outside of Mason?

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    3. 1/9/17, 8:52 PM : No way under Penny's watch. We need more shelters and dunkin donuts inside gas stations.

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    4. Hey Anonymous, aren't you the same commenter who complains that Penny Gross is corrupt and in the pockets of developers whenever any development in Baileys Crossroads looks close to reality, such as the recent Avalon Bay Apartment complex which was to replace the current ugly eyesore? Yes. I thought so.

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  3. Yawn, another town center, just like all the others that have been built across the US in the past 5-7 years. In 20 years, the pendulum will swing back to enclosed malls because millennials will be middle-aged and too delicate to face the outdoors.

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  4. There's some speculation Terry Mcauliffe might be trying to sell this spot for building a new Redskins stadium.

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  5. Man this is going to ruin my view though. I love the landmark building as an obscenely expensive night-time lawn ornament.

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  6. I already miss Landmark Mall. Been goin' there a long time now. I've been to "City Centers" in other cities with "limited car-access" streets. Parking garages are on the corners and you have to walk to get to the shops and/or the residences. Hello: Snow! I agree that the pendulum will swing back again in a couple decades to the need for enclosed, AIR CONDITIONED malls.

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  7. Why can't they make it indoors??

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  8. TO: Adam Goldberg1/10/17, 6:25 AM

    You missed the point (again). Landmark is in Alexandria. Tax revenues go to Alexandria, not FFX County. We need something like this in OUR area.

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    1. What taxes exactly? Also, you "have" Mosaic. Oh wait that's Providence and for some reason that's a huge deal.

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    2. FFX County needs revenue from businesses, Adam. Quite simple, but you seem to routinely ignore this simple bit of economics. Guess you aren't a businessowner or you'd understand just how much they pay in a vaiety of taxes other than property.

      Mosaic isn't even as convenient as Shirlington and Landmark, neither of which are in FFX County. Bailey's Crossroads and Seven Corners are more than ready for similar revitalization and revenue generating businesses. Trader Joe's and Best Buy pull customers from Arlington and Alexandria. Now lets step up and revitalize our SEQ as a retail/business center and give a boost to our area.

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    3. I'm all for development, revitalization, or whatever...sounds great. I'm also not going to crap on Landmark being rebuilt or Mosaic just because it's all of 2 miles outside of my "district." I like where I live, a lot, and it's more than just random dividing lines drawn up by the county.

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    4. No one is talking "crap" about Landmark or Mosaic, Adam. We just want equal treatment in Mason District. Get it?

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    5. What, do I have to point out the exact words to you?

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  9. Here is what is behind the outdoor town center trend: diversity. People want to avoid it. Outdoor town centers allow people to get to the stores and restaurants they like without being packed into a pressure cooker full of "vibrant diversity," including "youths" who get a kick out of assaulting unsuspecting shoppers. Cold weather is a feature, not a bug. It deters "youths" from spending too much time hanging around and harassing paying customers.

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