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Hoffman Town Center

Hoffman Town Center is a sprawling real estate development located across the street from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station at the southern end of the Yellow Line in the so-called Eisenhower East area of Alexandria.  The complex, which has been under deliberate development for decades, is best known as the home of the AMC Hoffman Center 22 cineplex.

In the fading days of 2016, Bethesda, Maryland-based developer Stonebridge Carras began investigatory site work at the northernmost strip of the 56-acre property -- an area that ordinary folks called the AMC Parking Lot but what The Hoffman Company has designated as Blocks 4 and 5. 

Stonebridge plans to build a $400 million addition (see artist's renderdings above and to the right) that will provide 750,000 square feet of residential space atop a 1,600-space parking garage and a two-level retail "arcade" that spans 200,000 square feet.  The builder is considering a blend of 120 condominiums, 410 apartments, and 150 to 200 senior living units for the residential space, a major grocery store at street level, and a restaurant, health club and day care facility for the retail area's second floor.  Architects at Cooper Carry, with a regional office in Old Town, are designing the structure.  Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and be completed in 2021.

In May 2017, the Washington Business Journal reported that Wegmans is interested in leasing the 80,000-square-foot space that has been set-aside for a grocery store on the street level of the proposed 220,000-square-foot mixed-use project. 

Taking this relatively tidy space will require Wegmans to develop a "smaller-format" store, but apparently the merchant's demographers and marketeers believe that our collective affluence warrants the special effort.  Wegmans is a family-owned business that was founded in 1916 as the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company in Western New York State (see historical photo at left). 

If everything works out, the new Wegmans will be a lot closer to Old Town than the 126,000-square-foot full-size Wegmans store that opened on June 14, 2015 at Hilltop Village Center in the Fort Belvoir section of Alexandria.


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