City of Alexandria, Virginia
THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
JAMES K. HARTMANN, CITY MANAGER
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A L A N D M A W A N DORN PLAN
ISSUE: The establishment of a LandmarkNan Dorn Plan Advisory Group.
RECOMMENDATION: That the City Council:
Approve the resolution establishing a LandmarWVan Dorn Plan Advisory Group as
discussed below; and
Authorize the Mayor to appoint the members of the Advisory Group.
DISCUSSION: In 2004, General Growth Properties, general manager and the owner of the in-
line mall stores at Landmark Mall, approached the City with a concept for the total
redevelopment of Landmark Mall as an open-air mixed-use center retaining significant retail
uses and adding residential uses and a hotel. In response to that expression of interest in
redevelopment of the Mall, the City worked for several years with General Growth Properties to
develop and to evaluate their proposal, and also to develop a plan for the LandmarkNan Dorn
area that would take advantage of the opportunity presented by the Mall's proposed
To that end, the Planning Commission held community meetings to gather information on issues
and concerns related to the Mall's redevelopment and the potential for other development along
the Van Dorn corridor in accordance with the planning principles expressed in the City Council's
Strategic Plan adopted in 2004. City staff undertook studies to evaluate the potential
transportation impacts of redevelopment and the opportunities redevelopment presents to create a
less auto-dependent and more transient-oriented transportation system and pattern of
development as older shopping centers and other opportunity sites are redeveloped over time.
The redevelopment of the Mall has been delayed in part by corporate mergers affecting all three
owners of the mall: SearsIK-Mart, Federated StoresIMacys, and General Growth Properties.