Development Hotspots

The City of Alexandria is best known for its historic neighborhoods, but recent years have seen the community plan for new development and increased retail, commercial, and residential activity around transit stations. A quick trip around the city shows signs of new construction, prosperity, and economic vitality. Three goals guide the city in planning development: expanding the commercial tax base to generate revenue to provide city programs and services; continuing the city’s commitment to provide housing for all income levels; and nurturing a strong, diverse, and growing local economy that supports local businesses.

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area continues to be one of the most attractive places in the country for investment and development, and the City of Alexandria has unique opportunities for developers with a commitment to high quality and design. Much of the recent and future development in the city is concentrated in five development hotspots: Potomac Yard, Carlyle/East Eisenhower, Landmark/Van Dorn, Beauregard, and the Waterfront. Click on the links below to see maps of each area and learn more about identified, proposed, approved, and under-construction developments.

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Landmark Van-Dorn Carlyle Eisenhower Potomac Yard waterfront Beauregard Development Hotspot
Potomac Yard comprises 295 acres of mixed-use commercial and residential development and is home to the Potomac Yard Retail Center. The plan is broken into two areas, North and South Potomac Yard, and features office (4 million square feet), residential (3,000 units), and hotel and retail uses (1 million square feet)...
The Carlyle/East Eisenhower submarket is a newer 76.5-acre mixed-use development that was once industrial and vacant land. It is now home to the U.S. Courthouse, the 2.5 million-square-foot U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and other corporate and residential uses. Its proximity to two Metro stations, historic King S...
Encompassing about 240 acres of retail, office, residential, and industrial properties, the Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor planning area is focused along Van Dorn Street from Landmark Mall to the Van Dorn Metro. The Landmark Small Area Plan, adopted in 2009, establishes a vision for the redevelopment of Landmark Mall and...
The Beauregard plan was adopted in 2012 and covers almost 287 acres. One of the catalysts for redevelopment in the Beauregard neighborhood is the U.S. Department of Defense (Base Realignment and Closure 133) project, which added 6,400 employees to Mark Center in 2012 and launched a need for a Small Area Plan. The app...
Alexandria’s Old Town district is one of the three oldest in the nation, and its Waterfront was an active port. The recently adopted Waterfront plan adds 160,000 square feet of commercial development to the 1992 master plan for Alexandria’s Waterfront. Future development will focus on targeted sites along the Wat...
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