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Landmark Mall Redevelopment Comment Board

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.

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24 Comments

Is anything being done on this project? It's been months since there have been any communications.

Kristin (406) | User | January 22, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Some of these comments are ridiculous. Within five miles you can find homes worth more than 750k, so there are definitely folks in that area that can and will go to the stores and theater once built. About the poorer folks, every urbanized area has parts that are zoned for those demographics. Even old town Alexandria and the nicest parts in Arlington has poor zones. How about Brooklyn NY? the Bronx? i can go in and on about examples where there are areas not so desirable them they build something like this and the whole area just goes up from there. My only hope is when the project is finished they will have lots of green space/parks.

Dan (419) | User | December 26, 2013 - 4:17 PM

I'm a residence of Landmark Mall area and I like the redevelopment plan. I can't wait to be able to have restaurants and a movie theather availble within walking distance. I love the area but everytime I have out of town friends staying I either have to order delivery which there is not much choices or pack in the car and drive to Shirlington, Annandale or Old town to eat at a not so near restaurant. These especailly shamfull when the friends had been stuck driving for hours and just rather walk to a nearby place.

Padua (418) | User | December 19, 2013 - 3:11 PM

Couple of comments here I don't understand. The idea that an open air space won't work in this area doesn't make sense. We have multiple open air spaces in the DC area that are thriving. To suggest that an upscale design and look won't work either is silly as well. There's a lot of demand for such areas, and the area is way behind in meeting that demand. In part, it's the reason that prices get ridiculously out of hand in some spots. The local community isn't as poor as some comments would have you believe either. The area suffers from being old and rundown. The Asian, Ethiopian, and Latin communities are well off... and it would be great if Landmark could become the first cultural mall in the area... one where we feature an array of international cuisine in one spot. I do think that adding a cinema will be overkill given the new multiplex being constructed down the road at Springfield... and alas, the traffic will get worse, which is why we have to think about adding a more robust transportation system in this area (and I don't mean the dingy bus routes that they're currently building). They need a sky tram that connects with other key areas. The "I love a clear view of the sky" people will have a cow over that one.

Wobloc (417) | User | December 17, 2013 - 1:36 PM

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