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.
Thrilled about redevelopment! This area has so much potential. I am in full support and like the ideas that includes offering lots of cultural restaurant offerings. Also strongly encourage boutiques and shopping to make it a a go to Hot spot. I have seen this concept in other cities and loved the middle areas of greenery and fountains where families and friends can gather. So happy to see this project moving forward.
Stephanie (457) | User | July 26, 2014 - 11:59 AM
I imagine something similar to the Mosaic district but I agree that an international/cultural theme will capitalize on the richness of the community. I also think maybe a small indie theater, a MOMs or Trader Joes would be great, as well as some DC faves like Julia's Empanadas and other small independent restaurants and stores that are successful in the district.
Nicole (455) | User | July 11, 2014 - 7:28 PM
I think it would be great to invest in a great mall/retail area and include public transportation in the plans. The DC area is growing exponentially and this is a great space to expand access to products and services.
MVM (454) | User | July 7, 2014 - 3:51 PM
It is time for this dead space to be revitalized! Anything at this point will be better than what's already there. >$1 million homes have sold within 2 miles of this location. The potential is there and the DC market in general continues to grow in all directions and there is no space left in Arlington or NW DC. This area has enormous potential and cannot go to waste - strategically located 10 mins from Old Town and 15-20 mins from DC. I like the redevelopment plans but we need to be even more ambitious than that. Eventually there needs to be a plan for a train system to get there from DC. ALL IN folks. This area of Alexandria needs it
Mario (453) | User | July 7, 2014 - 3:28 PM
How do you recruit retail stores to this location. I want a Soma Intimates store at this location.
Joy McLaughlin (371) | User | July 2, 2014 - 4:57 PM
You're all missing the point. The whole idea is to redevelop the mall and community and introduce the yuppy crowd that has made Clarendon and other parts of Northern Virginia boom. If you build it (and do it right), they WILL come. Look at the housing market in Clarendon -- real estate prices are through the roof. Tiny homes near the heart of town are selling for $1 million. This part of Alexandria needs revitalization and a new crowd. Will this result in some of the current residents being pushed into other neighborhoods? Yes. Will the rent and cost of living substantially increase? Yes. But that's the point. A new, young crowd with money to spend in a part of Alexandria 10 minutes from Old Town and 20 minutes to DC.
Dave (452) | User | June 30, 2014 - 2:02 PM
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
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