Two nation's big developers, Centex Homes and Pulte Homes, teamed up to redevelop the former railroad tracks off Route 1 a.k.a Jefferson Davis Highway within the City of Alexandria boundary. It will be a mixed-use development sits on approximately 167 acres, south of Potomac Yard shopping center. The famous Del Ray neighborhood is walking distance from this project.
The proposed plan will offer a combination of retail, office, residential and a hotel with 300 rooms. This project will be one of the largest projects for the City with 1.8 million square of office, 135,000 sq. ft. of retail.. this is in addition to 600,000 sq. Potomac Yard shopping center, 1,973 residential units and a hotel with 300 rooms. I don't know yet what the breakdown will be for the residential units. My guestimate is, it will be a combination of rentals, townhouse and condominiums.
How do they planning to solve the traffic for the
sometime congested Route 1? Because on many weekends that I happened
to drive through Route 1, traffic usually jammed up from either side of
Route 1 from people going to the shopping center. Can you imagine what
the traffic will be like when this project completed?
Development conditions that City requires include, the realignment of Route 1/ Monroe St. bridge, and dedication of major public open space for active and reactive recreation. In addition to these conditions, this information is from project's website about how they plan to solve the transportation. Don't we all know that transportation is a big problem in N.VA?
Here is a look at the team's transportation commitment:
Monroe Avenue Bridge - the Potomac Yard Development team has proposed to the City of Alexandria that it will construct the entire new, straightened Monroe Avenue Bridge at no cost to the city. This is a commitment that goes beyond the initial Potomac Yard agreement. The new bridge is a key component that can help relieve traffic congestion on Route 1 and the Potomac Yard Development team is committed to moving forward as quickly as possible to build the new bridge.
Potomac Avenue - Potomac Avenue will be a new, four-lane divided roadway that runs the length of the Potomac Yard site between the Potomac Yard Park and the development. The new road will provide an internal means of navigating the Potomac Yard community. The entire Potomac Avenue will be constructed as a part of the initial phase of work at Potomac Yard.
Main Street - Main Street will be the "downtown" street for Potomac Yard by connecting the heart of the retail and office spaces found in the town center with the residential component of the community.
East-West Connector Roads - Potomac Yard is intended to be an extension of the surrounding community. As a part of that extension, the construction of the east-west connector roads during the initial phase of the project is important. The Potomac Yard Development team will be constructing the connections to Howell Avenue, Custis Avenue, Swann Avenue and East Glebe Road.
By the way, the project broke ground recently. There is no information available about the estimate schedule of completion.