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New Development

Overview
Giant/ABC Site
2nd Street Green Project
Power Plant Site
Old Colony Inn Site
National Airport North
Metro Bus Barn Site
Travel Lodge Motel Site
The Towns at 1333
Powhatan Potomac Yard
Mount Vernon Trail
Robinson Terminal North
Robinson Terminal South
Old Dominion Boat Club
The Thornton
Hoffman Town Center
Landmark Mall
Potomac Yard Metro
Alexandria Sewer
Craddock/Smoot Lumber
Potomac Yard

Redevelopment

Montgomery Street
Crowne Plaza
Waterfront Center
Holiday Inn
Beach Drive

Park Development

Montgomery Park
Windmill Hill Park
Jones Point Park
Potomac Yard Park
King Street Waterfront Park

Completed Projects

National Airport South
Canal Center Plaza

 

Robinson Terminal North

From the early 1940s until 2013, the Robinson Terminal North waterfront property at 500 and 501 North Union Street, which is wedged between Oronoco Bay Park to the immediate north and Founders Park to the immediate south, was home to two Washington Post newsprint warehouses, a deep-water berth, and a rail spur off the main east coast freight line between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia.  The warehouses have been abandoned for many years, the shoreline adjacent to the property is inaccessible to the public, and large tour buses often park and idle on North Union Street, which splits the property in two.

In October 2015, the city council approved a project advanced by Rooney Properties to clear the bifurcated site and build a 132-room hotel, 66 multi-family housing units, 25,000 square feet of commercial space, 4 restaurants with a total of 500 indoor and outdoor seats, a public pier, and other open spaces (see artist's rendering above right).  Not long thereafter, the developer put the entire project on hold reconsider "design and economic alternatives."  Rough translation, the high construction costs didn't make sense in light of weak commercial interest in the project and the developer's failure to find a hotel anchor tenant.

On January 17, 2017, the developer provided the Alexandria Waterfront Commission with an informal update on its plans.  As the search for interested commercial tenants continued, the developer wanted to demolish and clear the entire site.  Then, on the west or inland side of the property, the developer would begin construction of the originally planned condominium building (the taller structure in the upper right corner of the artist's rendering).  On the east or river side, the deveoper would leave an open grassy area accessible to the public pending further development.  On August 4, 2017, the developer informed the city that it was abandoning the project and putting the site on the market for sale in one or two parcels.

The existing buildings, which flank North Union Street (see photo below), are unsightly reminders of North Old Town's industrial past (see the City Planning page of this website for more details on the ongoing long-range transition to mixed commercial-residential uses).

 

 

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