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Planning & Zoning
Page updated Apr 29, 2015 2:01 PM

Landmark Mall Redevelopment Comment Board

I've heard the same thing. Howard Hughes cancelled the project and is moving on. They are going ...more

Mike224 (492) User - 5/12/15 3:50 PM

Why can't they start the demolition while the floor area is being finalized? The meetings for this ...more

Landmark Legend (210) User - 4/30/15 12:17 PM

Site Plan Amendment docketed for June 2015 hearings: The Site Plan Amendment submitted by the Howard ...more

City Staff (473) User - 4/29/15 2:04 PM

I wonder if this were closer to Old Town would this have happened? I love living in the City but it ...more

Lakisia (490) User - 4/29/15 10:15 AM

Howard Hughes cancelled its amendment to the building plan. The project is officially cancelled. Oh ...more

Abe (489) User - 4/28/15 8:07 PM

Somebody on that council is getting paid off to drag this redevelopment on forever... I'm betting ...more

Christopher Colbow (488) User - 4/23/15 3:45 PM

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Landmark Mall RedevelopmentExisting Landmark Mall Aerial

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The Howard Hughes Corporation, which owns the central section of the Landmark Mall site, has submitted plans to the City of Alexandria for redevelopment of the portion of Landmark Mall between the existing Sears and Macy’s stores.  Landmark Mall is located at 5801 Duke Street.

The proposal calls for demolition of the two-story central area of the mall and replacement of this portion with a mixed-use residential and retail complex with a traditional street grid, sidewalks, trees, and open space. This application calls for approximately 250,000 to 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, along with approximately 350 to 400 apartments.

Howard Hughes Corporation has been working in conjunction with adjoining property owners, Sears and Macy’s, to explore the feasibility of a redevelopment of Landmark Mall for a possible mixed-use project that would include retail, restaurants and a residential component. There have been conversations with City staff to ensure any proposed redevelopment will be consistent with the 2008 Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan. Howard Hughes Corporation has submitted a formal application to begin a regulatory review.

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the country. The company owns a number of significant and successful retail properties, including South Street Seaport (Manhattan, NY), various properties in Columbia Town Center (Columbia, MD), Riverwalk Marketplace (New Orleans, LA), Rio West Mall (Gallup, NM), Cottonwood Square (Holladay, UT), Park West (Peoria, AZ) and Ward Centers (Honolulu, HI).

Existing Landmark Mall 2 

 Review the proposed redevelopment plans 

For more information about this proposal, call Pat Escher at 703.746.3812 in the Department of Planning & Zoning.


Recent Activity

  • Site Plan Amendment docketed for June 2015 hearings: 
    The Site Plan Amendment submitted by the Howard Hughes Corporation to increase the residential and commercial floor area of the development is now scheduled for the upcoming June 2nd Planning Commission hearing, and the June 13th City Council hearing.

  • Applicant defers Site Plan Amendment from April 2015 hearings: 
    The Howard Hughes Corporation has deferred their requested Site Plan Amendment from the April 2015 Planning Commission and City Council dockets.  The proposed amendment would increase the residential and commercial floor area of the development.  The applicant is preparing to re-docket the amendment for Planning Commission and City Council consideration soon.

  • Site Plan Amendment docketed for April 2015 hearings:
    The Site Plan Amendment submitted by the Howard Hughes Corporation to increase the residential and commercial floor area of the development is now scheduled for the upcoming April 7th Planning Commission hearing, and the April 18th City Council hearing.
  • Site Plan Amendment February 2015:
    The Howard Hughes Corporation submitted an amendment to their approved Development Site Plan (DSUP) to increase the amount of residential and commercial floor area on the Landmark Mall site.  While the floor area would increase with this amendment, the residential unit count remains capped at 400 units per the approved plan.  The application is currently under review by City Staff, and additional information will be provided as the review progresses.
  • Final Site Plan Update June 2014:
    Landmark Mall was approved last summer for the redevelopment of the central portion of the mall.  Sears, Macy's and the outlying building will remain on site.  Howard Hughes has been working on coordination with the other property owners and are currently marketing their proposal to potential retailers.  They have submitted their final site plan for City Review. 

    The drawings below, dated May 7, are some very early concepts of what they envision for the residential component.  These drawings are "a work in progress" and still need more refinement and integration of design with the retail base.  As they secure more of their retail tenants, they will get a better sense of the retail's final appearance.  They are currently doing interior layouts and volumetric studies, after which their architects will know how best to incorporate the two uses into the architectural design.  The process right now is fluid and will be so for a while, however, the City wanted to show the public that the project is moving forward, so hence we posted these conceptual drawings.  Please also see the other links on this page showing some more conceptual drawings.

    Discussions regarding the construction schedule are ongoing.  Staff will provide additional updates as the redevelopment progresses.

    Residential Buildings 

    Building B - view from southeast 

    Landmark Mall Residential Building B 

    Building C1 - view from southwest 

    Landmark Mall Residential Building C1 

    Building C2 - view from southeast  

    Landmark Mall Residential Building C2 

    Building D - view from southwest  

    Landmark Mall Residential Building D 

    • Howard Hughes Corporation submitted the first Final Site Plan on August 19, 2013

    • View illustrative images here. 

    • City Council approved the proposed redevelopment June 15, 2013

    • Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposal June 4, 2013 

    Upcoming Meetings

    There are no upcoming meetings at this time.


    Past Meetings

    July 29, 2013 - Staff update to Brookville Seminary Association

    June 15, 2013 9:30am - City Council Public Hearing

     June 4, 2013 6:30pm - Planning Commission Public Hearing - View the staff report here. 

    May 1, 2013 

    April 8, 2013  























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