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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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I was just at the Landmark Mall yesterday to go to Chik-fil-A only to find a labelscar. Yup. No More. In the 10 years I have lived here nothing has been done with this mall yet it sits in an amazing location. I walked around inside and I just felt a sense of sadness traversing this massive empty building. And this isn't the only one in the city. Smaller examples include The Steak and Ale on Seminary, Mango Mikes (Aldi hopefully coming soon) and Fudruckers that just sit empty with their original signage still up. Empty buildings which will eventually become blighted. For all the money taxpayers pay you would think the city would be on top of property owners to demolish commercial buildings at the end of their service life (or re-purpose those that still have life). Nope. They just sit. As for Landmark I wish Hughes the best of luck but wonder if I will live long enough to see it for myself.

concerned-alexandria-citizen (528) | User | February 7, 2016 - 2:28 PM

If you live in South Arlington or Alexandria you don't always want to go to Tyson's or Springfield to shop, so a redeveloped Landmark would be good for the local community. It has good public transit access, and I take the bus there when I need to go to Sears or Macy's. I didn't live here during its heyday but the mall is SO depressing now. If Springfield Mall can be successfully redeveloped, Landmark can, too.

shopper (526) | User | January 10, 2016 - 11:46 AM

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Rupesh Jha (525) | User | January 5, 2016 - 8:30 AM

I think this is an amazing idea if it actually comes to fruition. This property location is amazing, right off the highway and not far from Metro. As a home owner a few miles away, this would definitely help increase our property values and would finally help our area compete with Shirlington, Clarendon/Ballston, Springfield Town Center and other areas who have worked hard to built up their mixed use commercial presence.

Todd off Franconia (524) | User | January 4, 2016 - 12:51 PM

This has only been slated to happen for the past TEN years!!! It's an awful waste of space and time going to that mall! I'll believe it when I see it. Redevelopment is needed!

K Reamy (521) | User | December 2, 2015 - 12:18 PM

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

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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

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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