Landmark Mall Redevelopment
Landmark Mall was built as a single-use retail mall in 1965 in western Alexandria, a suburb of Washington, DC. The mall is presently surrounded by the I-395 exchange with two existing, adjacent strip retail centers, and has experienced a long decline since the late 1990s.
Cooper Carry has been working with Howard Hughes Corporation and the City of Alexandria since 2012 to develop a new vision for Landmark Mall that reflects is location in the East End of Alexandria and an evolving retail industry environment. An initial masterplan created a by-right mixed-use environment between the mall’s two retail anchors. In 2018, both anchor stores closed or went into receivership, and Howard Hughes decided to take a comprehensive look at the site. The site is presently undergoing a comprehensive entitlement process to move the plan forward.
The current masterplan re-imagines the property into a 5.6 million square feet mixed-use community with transit, health facilities, education, diverse housing, hospitality, office and retail. The plan also revises street intersections to improve safety and increase green space access. Flexible rezoning will allow affordable housing options and potential public facilities, such as a fire station. In short, the plan transforms the long-gestating site into a vibrant, walkable urban village. Extended community input helped shape the plan, which is expected to lead to new revised approvals in early 2020 with entitlements for the first phase expected by early 2021.