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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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Interesting. Landmark Mall is in a video about dead malls (listed at the end). Apparently there are people that like to visit dying malls. Perhaps the Alexandria City government should consider marketing this-along with the awesome carnival-to bring some revenue into the long neglected West End. Watching this video, I feel like the narrator is talking about a mall in a dying city in the middle of the rust belt. How did it get to this? It’s inside the beltway, less than a minute from 395. .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK-MrUb3eZw

jasonp (550) | User | May 12, 2016 - 1:22 PM

Cameron Station is the beacon of hope in the west end. The new development on South Pickett St, Modera Tempo, and the Landmark Mall redevelopment are all God sends to this area. My wife and I cannot wait to see Howard Hughes demolish Landmark and keep the progress moving.

Colin (548) | User | May 10, 2016 - 8:24 PM

First of all, I disagree with Ben. Landmark area is not only populated by low-income families, especially considering Cameron Station and new buildings being built around. Second, this Comment Board and the Hughes Corporation website with pretty pictures of the renovation plans, are both very nice, but they are created to shut people up. I think what we really need to do is to gather a few thousands of residents and march to City Hall to send a clear message and to show real interest in the neighborhood. Enough is enough.

AndrewH (541) | User | May 9, 2016 - 3:26 PM

I purchased a 1,000 sf office in 2010 based on the redevelopment of the mall. Unbelievable to see nothing happening. I am hoping to retire in two years but the property value is exactly where it was when I bought it. The neighborhood is disgusting where I am. I spend a lot of time picking up trash and contraband.

MaryB. (546) | User | May 8, 2016 - 10:37 AM

I purchased my condo in 2008 because I was informed of the imminent development project that would take place and was told it would, therefor, be a great investment. Shortly after purchasing, the value of my condo dropped by over 25% and has yet to recover. I would literally owe money if I were to sell at this point. Meanwhile, I've heard soundbites about the redevelopment project which had given me hope. In 2013, however, I received a notice saying that construction would start soon and that the Landmark Mall would be finished in Spring of 2016. So far, not a single thing has happened. I've checked the internet, this website and thenewlandmark.com and am dissatisfied with the progress that's been made. I've been wondering for a while now if this will ever happen during our lifetime and suspect that my son and I will always be prisoners of the dilapidated West End/Landmark Mall area.

Ashley (545) | User | May 6, 2016 - 6:56 AM

It doesn't help that Cameron Station is, in my opinion, just awful. In my opinion, that poorly managed neighborhood is way worse than most of the surrounding developments that get a bad rap.

User (544) | User | May 1, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Ben - the way to improve property values and move those low-income folks out is by redeveloping the mall and surrounding areas. "If you build it they will come." That's always the case when gentrifying any area. When you rebuild the mall and other areas, you will see higher income families start to move in. It just takes time.

Mike123 (543) | User | April 25, 2016 - 3:19 PM

Unfortunately, based on my past 12 years' experience after getting stuck in my condo near Landmark, in Alexandria it is all about the Old Town. The government and private developers don't care about other areas where home prices haven't recovered at all. Whether we accept it or not, this is mostly because there is no investment-recovery potential in this area because most people who live here are low-income immigrants, blacks, latinos, and Ethiopians.

Ben Benov (542) | User | April 22, 2016 - 8:03 AM

I live on Holmes Run Prkw and I've been monitoring this page for a few years now without writing a comment. If anyone from the City of from the Howard Hughes reads these comments, please do understand that there are thousands of people in the area that are eager to see this mall renovated ASAP. It will be popular and it will generate revenue. Please do proceed with the project!

Andrew (541) | User | April 13, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Keep Chick- Fil- A!!!!

Ashlyn Stover (540) | User | April 1, 2016 - 2:15 PM