EYA Debuts $200 Million Project for Alexandria Waterfront

by Lark Turner

An early rendering of the new waterfront plan.

EYA presented its plan for Robinson Terminal South to Alexandria’s Waterfront Commission on Tuesday, a critical step in making the $200 million-project a reality.

The proposal for a mixed-use project on the Potomac would bring retail, restaurants and residences to a 3.5-acre site owned by The Washington Post’s former owners and currently occupied by a warehouse at 2 Duke Street (map).

The project hopes to go before the Alexandria City Council next winter to obtain final approval of its entitlements. Once that’s done, the group needs to raise the floodplain at the site, which could begin in the summer of 2015. That puts a planned groundbreaking for the site at some point in the summer of 2016.

“We’ll do it sooner if the floodplain process is quicker,” said AJ Jackson, who’s heading up the project for EYA.

A draft plan of the proposed development, courtesy of EYA.

About 92 residences — mostly luxury condos and some townhomes — and 15,000 square feet of commercial space are in the plan, Jackson said. It also calls for a promenade along the Potomac, which would be public space and connect to neighboring promenades. An architect for the project hasn’t been selected yet.

The relatively new Waterfront Commission is made up of public interest groups and hears cases about the Potomac River waterfront. Jackson said the group’s reaction to the presentation was generally positive on Tuesday. The developers will tear down the corrugated metal warehouse on the site, which is currently owned by Graham Holdings, the former owner of The Washington Post. EYA plans to renovate the brick building at 2 Duke Street and restore it “to its original historic look,” Jackson said. That building will probably become office space at the project’s conclusion.

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  1. Juanita de Talmas said at 2:41 pm on Tuesday March 18, 2014:

    “The project hopes to go before the Alexandria City Council this winter”

    Since winter is over in two days, does this mean 2015?

  1. Lark Turner said at 2:49 pm on Tuesday March 18, 2014:

    Hi Juanita,

    You’re correct. We’ve updated the post for clarity.


    Lark Turner

  1. Cheryl said at 4:25 pm on Tuesday March 18, 2014:

    Oh my goodness… traffic and parking are so tight as it is down there. Where will all those extra people / cars go???

  1. thomas said at 4:31 pm on Tuesday March 18, 2014:

    Plans sound lackluster.

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