2007-02-20, 13:12

Mixed use grows in an unfashionable part of Alexandria, Va.

By: Jonathan Groner
Alexandria, Va., is one of Washington, D.C.'s closest suburbs, and most of it has been built up for decades. But one area, the Carlyle neighborhood, has historically been home primarily to rail yards. Now, a major mixed-use project has opened there, in the wake of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent move to Alexandria.

Carlyle Square, a $95-million mixed-use development, just opened to its first residents. The 205 luxury apartments that now have their first tenants are just the beginning, with 145 condominium units and more than 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space are slated to open later this year, and groundbreaking for yet more buildings is also scheduled.

“Alexandria is obviously a great historic community in the Washington, D.C., metro area,” Dave Stockard, chief executive of Post Properties, the developer, told the Washington Examiner. “The entire region is entirely built out. But Carlyle, given its industrial roots [wasn’t] . . . having a large site like that represented an opportunity to create a mixed-use environment that doesn’t come along very often.”

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