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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First of all, what do immigrants have to do with anything? It's not like Pentagon/Crystal city, DC, Ballston, Clarendon, etc. etc. are populated by native americans.. The idea of renovating this mall is fantastic. It will benefit everyone, who lives in the area. As far as the crime goes.. Knocking on the wood, I haven't seen any in the past 4 years. I'm happy that finally we are seeing some action with Macy's leaving. Hopefully Sears will cooperate as well.
AndrewH (614) | User | January 17, 2017 - 12:58 PM
I'm referring to the comments below that there's been no progress on the project, and that the area is worthless because of the immigrant population and crime. By that rationale, gentrification and improvement would be impossible. Yet every gentrified area -- whether in DC, VA, NYC, etc was a total dump at some point in time. That's the point. As they say, "if you build it, they will come." If you build the new mall and high-end apartment buildings in West End, you'll have wealthier residents moving in which will push out the crime and improve the quality of life for West End.
Jason2 (610) | User | January 17, 2017 - 11:26 AM
I would like to understand the access to this new development, willit only access as it currently does from Van Dorn & Duke? Are there plans to have access directly to/from 395?
Patti (613) | User | January 11, 2017 - 11:46 AM
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Katherine Carraway (346) | City Staff | January 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM
Bon3 this is great news and I am sure that we are all happy that will be getting underway. To call people on this board idiots is unfair. The tenor and tone of people commenting on this board is a reflection that this project has been NEARLY 17 YEARS IN THE MAKING! Years and years of let downs with the first real announcement to the public coming on January 8. So give everybody a break please. I for one will be only truly happy when I see for myself the wrecking ball in action.
concerned-alexandria-citizen (528) | User | January 9, 2017 - 7:17 PM
You're all idiots. Hughes just bought the macy's land and parking lot and is evicting all tenants in the mall at end of January. Sears issued a statement saying they are staying put. But this development is going to begin in the spring. You don't spend money buying the land and evicting tenants if the bulldozers aren't gearing up to knock it all down. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/virginia-politics/macys-closure-at-landmark-mall-could-boost-town-center-plan/2017/01/09/dde99c68-d683-11e6-9a36-1d296534b31e_story.html?client=safari
Bon3 (610) | User | January 9, 2017 - 5:22 PM
I have lived here since 2003 and this mall was going to be redeveloped then. It's about 90% vacant now. At this point I believe the citizens would be better served my having an open field then this massive empty structure. Heaven help us if this mall becomes another Rolling Acres, a vandalized mall that sits empty for years, an Urbex play area for teens. Put "Rolling Acres" in the Youtube search box and you will see what happens to these places when property owners walk away and local officials say "oh well". We all get to enjoy 10 years of driving by a huge blighted building. For my tax money I expect more. But yep, here we are.
concerned-alexandria-citizen (528) | User | January 8, 2017 - 12:01 PM
Eddie Lampert is the CEO of Sears. He also runs a real estate hedge fund and had been lending money out of this fund to Sears to keep it going using the retailers real estate as collateral. Sears has not been profitable in years. Bankruptcy will happen when there is no more real estate to offer as collateral. That could take years.
concerned-alexandria-citizen (528) | User | January 8, 2017 - 11:49 AM
Alexandria City Council used to say "We are a victim of our own success." What success are you talking about? Crime, terribly crowded Old Town with expensive restaurants that have no parking and floods all the time, immigrant population that are the dregs of society. The place sucks.
Ray Broskey (612) | User | January 6, 2017 - 11:51 PM
I lived in the Landmark area for 35 years. During that time I saw the area change from a bustling shopping center to a place to avoid. The entire area has gone downhill. The place is like a third world country with horrible traffic. And now you plan to build overpriced apartments on the site. Look at the apartments on the corner on Van Dorn and Pickett. 2 bedrooms for 3,000 per month, after you add up the fees. And you want to build more of them. The mall property is a good location. The people who live in the area are the problem. And it will not change, no matter what you do.
Ray Broskey (612) | User | January 6, 2017 - 11:44 PM
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