|A preliminary illustration of the Landmark Mall project.|
The 52-acre site will be anchored by a new Inova Health System hospital, which will replace the existing Inova Alexandria Hospital on Seminary Road.
New plans submitted by the developer to the City of Alexandria offer two options for how the site will be transformed with a mix of housing and commercial uses. Work is expected to start in 2023.
One scenario calls for about 2,500 housing units, 285,000 square feet of retail, 210,000 square feet of office space (including some medical offices for Inova), and a 52,000-square-foot fire station, according to WBJ.
Under the other option, there would less housing and more commercial development: just under 2,200 housing units, 298,000 square feet of retail, 400,000 square feet of office space, a 125,000-square-foot hotel, and the fire station.
With either option, the new hospital would be built the site of the existing Sears Auto Center, the article states. Apartments with ground-floor retail would take up eight blocks where the mall structure and some surface parking are currently located. A 2.7-acre parcel on the easternmost part of the property along N. Van Dorn Street would be all residential.
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The development will include a park next to the hospital, two central plazas in the center of the project, additional green space, and a car-free street on the eastern section of the site.
The development will include at least 74 affordable housing units, as required by the city. Those units would be affordable to people making no more than 60 percent of the area median income.
Foulger-Pratt is also considering another 200 affordable units co-located with the new fire station along Duke Street. In addition, the development could include housing for seniors, a public school, movie theater, health club, and grocery store.
A new transit hub on the eastern section of the property would serve existing bus routes and two new bus rapid transit lines planned by Alexandria. Part of the existing parking deck closest to Interstate 395 would be retained.
“We’re bringing a different type of public space to Landmark than is available anywhere else,” Foulger-Pratt Chief Operating Officer Brigg Bunker told WBJ. “That is really what is going to make this project distinct and different. It’ll be something for not just the Landmark community to enjoy, but a place to bring people together from all over.”