Members of the community are encouraged to provide input on the proposed redevelopment of Landmark Mall. All comments are important and all comments will be read by staff. In preparation for the public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council, staff will compile all of the comments from this board and provide a written response to each in a single document. Staff will not be responding to each comment as it is posted. The compiled document will be included as an attachment to the staff report to the Planning Commission and City Council.
This comment board is specifically intended to gather feedback related to the Landmark Mall redevelopment proposal. Other comments or questions should be directed to the City’s Call.Click.Connect. system.
I am a long time military veteran resident of the Landmark Mall/Van Dorn area and I feel revitalization is what this area needs. There must be a balance of stores which support the poor and middle class residents of this area. I hope that the redevelopers don't try to alienate the poor residents. I see many residential areas throughout the country which is systematically relocating poor residents out of neighborhoods. This should not be happening in the United States of America. I served in the military for all citizens, poor included.
Airleen (412) | User | November 20, 2013 - 11:24 AM
I can't wait for this dead space to be revitalized! Yes, there will be traffic, but the alternative is a monstrous black hole in the middle of a vibrant city. I just hope that there is a focus on keeping everything upscale, beautiful, and inviting. The population can support it. People will come! Shirlington proved that. Why should Arlington have all the money from shoppers and diners? I say, the sooner the better!
Kristin (406) | User | November 12, 2013 - 8:31 AM
I don't even know where to begin. The plans for this area are asinine. Outdoor open-air shopping for this area is ridiculous the climate is too hot for anyone to shop outside here other than maybe 2 months a year before it's scorching hot and 100% humidity. There is no need for a movie theatre as there is the AMC Hoffman Center 22 less than 2 miles away on the SAME STREET Duke st. The city of Alexandria is making no effort to insure that the residents have affordable apartments in the city. And any one who will be WILLING and able to pay the high rents here won't be willing to come here as they would RATHER live in Shirlington or Clarendon they most certainly will not come here. The demographics of this area won't be able to support this project and it blows my mind that this is even being considered by the city. This is so ridiculous. There is no market for a place like that in an area like this. Common sense folks, common sense. We don't need any of the construction for two years to haggle traffic on duke and can dorn either, van dorn is already a nightmare rush hours, please come to your senses!
Carol (396) | User | November 4, 2013 - 12:47 PM
Building Landmark mall was a mistake and trying to redevelop is an even bigger mistake. Hopes were so very high for this mall that they dumped millions of dollars into an elevated off-ramp leading to a huge parking garage that that was completely unnecessary and remains unused except for warehousing by local new car dealers. I’m sure when the mall was first built folks did all the same marketing, location scouting, and analysis that’s being done today and the end result was “hey it’s right next to 395, this is a no-brainer”. We’ll the city should be prepared for the reality of folks will get off that highway one time and see the surrounding neighborhood and put what they experience onto the mental “never again list”. That’s what I did and is what everyone else does while sitting in traffic everyday. They see that mall and say too bad that neighborhood is disgusting and unsafe. It will take more than just putting some condos in a town center to make this work when the surrounding area is too depressed to attract the desired demographic which is opposite to the current demographic.
Alex A. (394) | User | November 2, 2013 - 12:53 PM
There's a reason why the anchor stores want nothing to do with this.
BB (393) | User | November 2, 2013 - 12:09 PM
This is PIPE dream, if you build it THEY won't come. They can't afford to come. Has Howard Hughes properties even taken a look at the current demographic's of this area? This is a joke. No one will even get off the highway to stop here, they didn't 20 years ago they won't now, the area has shifted and these sort of area's are VERY out of place for this area. This will be a disaster, write the date down, take a picture, print this, mark my words this will never work HERE.
BB (393) | User | November 2, 2013 - 12:04 PM
Once upon a time, Landmark was a pleasant open air mall with Hecht Co. (now Macys), Woodward & Lothrop and Sears. Then it was transformed into a monstrous indoor shopping center which has failed miserably. Let's hope it is redeveloped as it was. Wouldn't mind seeing the old S&W Cafeteria either!
Robert (391) | User | October 27, 2013 - 1:18 PM
What is Howard Hughes properties thinking in the illustrative images? What type of demographic do they think walks up and down past landmark mall, Van Dorn, and Duke st? Not people with Ferraris and supercars? What about the day laborers, crack heads in 7 eleven, and people with saggin pants? Are they just going to vanish into thin air? Lets keep the drawing coherent to how the neighborhood is now and not Rodeo Dr Beverly Hills. Just sayin!
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baybayanaksesuar (375) | User | September 30, 2013 - 3:21 AM
Three things:• Thank you for keeping people informed. • I want to repeat a previously mentioned desire for restaurants as destinations. It would be wonderful to have outdoor dining areas where you don’t have traffic passing by. (That is really very limited in the Alexandria area.)• At one of the information briefings, there was mention of a play area. Is that still part of the plan? And if so, what are the ideas?
Joy McLaughlin (371) | User | September 6, 2013 - 1:24 PM
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