A New Landmark for Alexandria


By Beth Jojack, VirginiaBusiness

A rendering of Inova Health System's proposed $1 billion Alexandria Hospital campus, which will be built on the Landmark Mall site. Rendering courtesy Inova Health System

Mark Jinks sees the unoccupied, former site of Landmark Mall as a blemish on Alexandria.

“When everybody drives by, they’re like, ‘What’s going on here? It’s closed. Why doesn’t the city do something?’” says Jinks, the city manager of Alexandria.

After working for 16 years to see the 52-acre site redeveloped, Jinks feels the city has partnered with the right team to finally tackle the expansive project.

In late December, the city announced an initial agreement with local real estate development firm Foulger-Pratt, Texas-based real estate management company The Howard Hughes Corp. (which owns the mall), real estate investment trust Seritage (which is responsible for the old Sears department store) and Inova Health System to build a 4-million-square-foot, mixed-use, walkable community anchored with a new hospital campus. “Now we’re ready to kind of work together and take that next big step,” Jinks says.


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