|A preliminary sketch of the housing at Landmark.|
The redevelopment project on the site of Landmark Mall has been delayed but is still going forward.
The Alexandria City Council had approved a redevelopment plan from the Howard Hughes Corp. in June 2013. The plan called for tearing most of Landmark Mall – except for Sears and Macy’s – and replacing that portion of the mall with a mixed-use development consisting of 350 to 400 multifamily units, 250,000 to 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, and a new street grid.
Hughes wants to increase the footprint of the project, with an additional 50,000 square feet of development, although the housing units would be capped at 400, says Patricia Escher, principal planner with the Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning.
The housing, about 36,000 square feet, will be developed by Mill Creek Residential. It hasn’t been determined whether the units will be apartments or condos, she says. The project will also include a two-story movie theater, and there might be an outdoor movie screen or ice skating rink.
Escher says demolition could start this fall. According to a deadline set by the city, the developer has to start work by June 2018.