Landmark Mall Redevelopment

The Howard Hughes Corporation, which owns most 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. Visit this page for more information about the redevelopment proposal, public meetings, or to comment on the plan.

Page updated on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:58 AM

What's New?Existing Landmark Mall 2

  • Following Macy’s recent announcement on January 4 that it will close its Landmark Mall location, The Howard Hughes Corporation stated in a press release that it has acquired the 11.4 acre Macy's site. Building on the initial rezoning approval by the City Council in June 2013, and amended in June 2015, the company plans to transform the enclosed mall and the Macy’s parcel into a vibrant open-air, mixed-use community with retail, residential and entertainment components designed to create a dynamic urban village.

    In connection with the future redevelopment, The Howard Hughes Corporation is planning to close the interior portion of Landmark Mall at the end of January. A definitive timeline for the redevelopment has not been finalized.
    • Articles of interest:


  • Contact  Maya Contreras, Principal Planner, Department of Planning & Zoning,  703.746.3816.


The current proposal submitted by The Howard Hughes Corporation 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.

The 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. The 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).

  • Review the proposed redevelopment plans 

  • Recent Activity

    • The New Landmark Webpage
      The Howard Hughes Corporation has launched a new webpage ( ), which provides updated information on the Landmark Mall Redevelopment, as well as an opportunity for the community to sign up to stay informed about future news and updates.
    • Final Site Plan Update October 2015:
      Landmark Mall's redevelopment has been a priority for the City and has been approved by the City Council. The project is in the Final Site Plan process, which involves completing architecture and engineering details.  The City has made it a priority to respond quickly with our reviews of the applicant’s final site plan and is awaiting revisions from the applicant.  Staff will provide further updates as soon as additional information is available.

    • Site Plan Amendment Approved June 2015:
      The City Council approved the Site Plan Amendment submitted by the Howard Hughes Corporation to increase the residential and commercial floor areas by approximately 54,000 square feet.  The additional floor area approved with this amendment will be used for residential amenity areas and additional retail space.  The residential unit count will remain unchanged from the approved 370-400 unit range. View staff report here.

    • 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