Landmark/ Van Dorn Planning

The Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan, approved by City Council in 2009, envisions a redeveloped Landmark Mall into a vibrant, urban town center. Ensuring realization of this vision required an update to the 2009 Plan through the Landmark Mall Re-Planning Process. This page provides information and materials related to the proposed Landmark redevelopment, as well as links to previous planning processes, the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan, and the Eisenhower West –Landmark Van Dorn Advisory Group.

Page updated on Jan 21, 2021 at 11:41 AM

Proposed Landmark Redevelopment

Landmark Redevelopment concept image
(Concept drawing, subject to change)

The City, Inova Health System and a development joint venture have announced a proposal for a four million-square-foot community and medical campus at the site of the former Landmark Mall, which would revitalize the West End with a new mixed-use, walkable urban village. Inova would create a new medical campus, anchored by a relocated and expanded Alexandria Hospital. The site would include residential, retail, commercial and entertainment offerings integrated into a cohesive neighborhood with a central plaza, a network of parks and public spaces, a new fire-EMS station, and a transit hub serving bus rapid transit, DASH, and Metrobus.


Community Engagement Events

EISENHOWER WEST / LANDMARK VAN DORN ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS


Virtual Information Sessions 


Applicant Submission Materials


City Financial Participation Using Tax Increment Financing

To facilitate the redevelopment of the Landmark site, the proposal includes investment of (a) $54 million in public bond funds to acquire land to lease to Inova for the proposed hospital and related medical facilities, and (b) $76 million in public bond funds for Landmark site preparation and infrastructure costs. By investing public funds (which has been contemplated as far back as 2004), the City would accelerate the revitalization of Alexandria’s West End. This investment of public monies through the use of bonds will enable to the City to tap into future tax revenues generated by the site’s redevelopment to repay those bonds. This method of financing is called Tax Increment Financing (a “TIF”), which is a commonly used method of public economic development financing utilized in the United States.  The Potomac Yard Metrorail Station now under construction is largely a TIF-funded project. It is projected that over a 30-year period, the redevelopment of the Landmark site would generate some $788 million in new tax revenues for the City. These tax revenues are projected to pay for the entire cost of repaying the public bonds issued for this project, as well as generate significant monies to fund City services at the Landmark site and throughout the community.

The initial agreement announced on December 21, 2020, is a non-binding  Preliminary Term Sheet document that explains the intent of the City of Alexandria; Inova Health System; and a development joint venture of Foulger-Pratt, The Howard Hughes Corporation, and Seritage Growth Properties (a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust headquartered in New York, which owns a portion of the Landmark site). The Preliminary Term Sheet represents the framework of the proposed City financial participation that the City Manager plans to recommend to the community and City Council. The non-binding Preliminary Term Sheet agreement lays out the principal business terms and responsibilities among the parties, which provides a foundation for formal regulatory applications. The City has not yet given any other party approval to redevelop either the Landmark or Seminary sites. Any future development review, special use permits, rezoning, City financial participation, or other approvals will be subject to all of the usual staff review and recommendations, public hearings, and approvals by the Planning Commission, City Council, or both.


2018-2019 Landmark Mall Re-Planning Process 

After lengthy delays as a result of changes to the Landmark Mall sites' ownership structure, changes in department store ownership and economics and the overall real estate market, in 2018 The Howard Hughes Corporation, partial owner of the Landmark Mall site since 2010, indicated their readiness to move forward with redevelopment, which required an update to the Landmark Mall framework plan and Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan (2009). City Council approved this effort as a priority in the FY 2019 Long-Range Planning Work Program. The  Ad Hoc Eisenhower West/Landmark Van Dorn Implementation Advisory Group served as the community forum for the duration of the Landmark Mall re-planning process. 

On May 18, 2019, City Council adopted the new chapter to the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan developed during the Landmark Mall Re-Planning Process.


2009 Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan

On June 13, 2009, City Council unanimously adopted Ordinance 4598 incorporating the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan into the City's Master Plan as an amendment to the Landmark/Van Dorn Small Area Plan. Meeting and background information can be found on the 2009 Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan Archives page.


Eisenhower West / Landmark Van Dorn Implementation

The 2009 Landmark Van Dorn Corridor Plan and the 2015 Eisenhower West Small Area Plan both recommend establishment of an advisory group to provide guidance on implementation. Since the two plan areas overlap and share dependency on planned infrastructure, looking at the phasing and funding of both plans in concert will provide necessary coordination. This page provides information on these implementation efforts. 


Questions?

Contact Ashley Labadie, Urban Planner, Department of Planning and Zoning, 703.746.3801.

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