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.
Landmark Mall has been an embarrassing black hole in the heart of Alexandria’s West End for far, far too long. But what can one expect from a city government that is pervasively anti-growth? For example, news reports indicate that the city is shaking down the developer for a $2.34 million “contribution” to the city’s “affordable housing fund, and a further $1 million will for improvements to transitway and off-site pedestrian access.Huh? How is “affordable” (i.e. taxpayer subsidized) housing the across the city the developer’s problem? Why is the Landmark project subject to what amounts to a massive multi-million dollar tax? What give the city any right to the claim the unearned? And how can anyone claim with a straight face that city government shakedowns like these increase the likelihood that the Landmark project will reach completion?
Nicholas Provenzo (519) | User | November 25, 2015 - 2:36 PM
Howard Hughes Corporation has launched a new webpage (http://thenewlandmark.com), 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.
Katherine Carraway (346) | City Staff | November 24, 2015 - 3:39 PM
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.
Katherine Carraway (346) | City Staff | October 20, 2015 - 2:47 PM
Agree with Dan N. I also moved to this area 10 years ago, optimistic that Landmark Mall would "soon" be demolished and replaced by something akin to what's been done in Clarendon. The financial crisis that had hampered financing for projects such as this is now over. If the current owner is not willing or able to undertake the project, they should sell the rights to someone else who can do the job. It's a disservice to the residents of this community to leave that valuable space the way it is.
mariei (514) | User | October 17, 2015 - 5:51 PM
I called and spoke to a contact at the planning office two days ago. He indicated that the development of Landmark Mall is not cancelled, but he couldn't give me any updates because the developer hasn't given the City any updates. He indicated that the developer has yet to bring finalized plans to them and when they do, the project will progress. He said that Spring 2016 demolition isn't too ambitious as long as the developer gets the City plans soon. He sounded optimistic that the developer would do this and indicated that the City is "excited" about Landmark redevelopment.
TheGirls Urick (513) | User | October 17, 2015 - 10:15 AM
A few weeks ago, I sent an email message to a listed contact at the Howard Hughes Corporation requesting information pertaining to the Landmark Mall renovation plans. I never received a response. Next, I contacted the Alexandria Planning Commission and left a message with "Dirk," who never returned my call.Considering Macy's is going to close 30-40 under performing stores in the next few months, what are the odds that their Landmark Mall location will be closed? How much longer will Sears remain open?I moved to Alexandria nearly 10 years ago and have steadily watched this mall implode. A once vibrant shopping mall has been reduced to a ghost town with nothing more offered than promises, hokes, facade, delays and supercilious, political nonsense. It is a damn shame that the political and/or financial considerations of the few, can negatively impact the majority.After 8+ years of continued renovation delays, I believe it is time for me to to avoid this ongoing debacle at all cost. There are too many other shopping malls in the area to support. Eight to ten years is far too long for residents to wait for development to occur at a local mall.
Dan N (512) | User | October 9, 2015 - 6:40 PM
Despite what BobK has said, I sent an email to the Howard Hughes Corp. requesting an update on the reconstruction plans.
Christine Egan (483) | User | October 1, 2015 - 5:38 AM
Update: the project was cancelled 8 weeks ago. The rumor is that Hughes could not secure funding and work out a favorable tax rebate with Alexandria. Oh well, was nice to even think about Landmark coming down.
BobK (511) | User | September 27, 2015 - 1:00 PM
Isn't there at least one City Council member that is actively working with Hughes to ensure that progress is being made on this very important project? While progress may be happening behind the scenes, it is not at all transparent to the community! Overall communication has been very poor. Is anyone responsible for creating and exexuting an overall project Communications Plan that includes periodic updates to the community? The silence on this project just causes anxiety and frustration for the residents. I, for one, am beginning to doubt this project is really ever going to happen.
Bill Farmer (510) | User | September 17, 2015 - 7:42 PM
Can we please have a status update? It has been months since the City Council approved the site plans. I do not think our town government is doing enough to get this project moving.
Greg Bolling (509) | User | September 13, 2015 - 1:44 PM
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