Earlier this year, the Howard Hughes Corp. submitted plans to the city of Alexandria for redevelopment of the portion of Landmark Mall between the existing Sears and Macy’s stores. On June 17, the Dallas-based owner, manager and developer of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate announced it had received unanimous approval for its rezoning plans for the property.
Howard Hughes will demolish the two-story central area of the mall located at 5801 Duke St., nine miles from Washington, D.C. The project will transform the 11-acre site into a mixed-use residential and retail complex with a traditional street grid, sidewalks, trees and open space. This 750,000-square-foot development will include 285,000 square feet of retail, 400 residential units and an upscale dining movie theater. Sears and Macy’s will continue to anchor the property.
Furthermore, the Dallas-based company will contribute $4.5 million to local causes and projects in Alexandria. Of that, $2 million will go to the city’s affordable housing fund, $1 million to bus rapid transit and pedestrian access, $500,000 to construct pedestrian and bicycle paths, another $500,000 for the Landmark Transit Center, $200,000 for public arts projects and $150,000 for aesthetic improvements to the Landmark flyover ramp.
Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille congratulated the company, expressing his confidence that it will deliver “a high-quality mixed-use project.” He added that “this project will be the economic engine to bring vitality to this major retail center and the surrounding neighborhoods, which is long overdue.”
Howard Hughes plans to start construction by next spring. The first phase of the project is expected to open by spring 2016.
Photo credits: The Howard Hughes Corp.