Get Ready For The Coming Landmark Mall Transformation

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According to the D.C. Biz Journal, groundbreaking for the first phase of the project to convert the Landmark mall into a mixed use project is expected to take place in the Fall 2014. You can view renderings of what the project will look like above and below. More details on the HUGE project after the jump…

The Howard Hughes Corp. plans a fall or early winter groundbreaking for its Landmark Mall overhaul, Alexandria officials say, though its proposal remains under review by city planning staff.

Alexandria officials overseeing the review of the final site plan say that Howard Hughes has partnered with Mill Creek Residential to construct the multifamily housing planned for the redevelopment’s first phase, and Alexandria-based Parker Rodriguez Inc. will handle landscape architecture.

Howard Hughes officials did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The initial redevelopment, approved by the Alexandria City Council on June 15, 2013, calls for 250,000 to 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, an upscale dining cinema and up to 400 apartments, to be constructed on what is now the central mall space between anchor stores Sears and Macy’s.

This first phase also includes a transit center integrated within an existing parking garage for a new rapid transit bus system in the planning stages. Existing bus systems will also use the transit center. The flyover ramp providing access to the site from Duke Street will remain. Some limited street improvements to facilitate pedestrian access are also in the works.

The two department stores at Landmark Mall are owned by their parent companies and will remain in place for now. It is not clear what the next phase of the project will consist of. The parking lot is also split among the three owners.

Here’s another rendering:
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