Over the past decade, Alexandria, Virginia, and the Old Town North neighborhood, has become an increasingly popular area to live and shop, prompting the development of Gables Old Town North. Recently, a Visit Alexandria statistic showed that hotel occupancy has steadily risen from 72.7 percent in fiscal year 2016 to 73 percent in fiscal year 2017. The national average is 65.6 percent annually. Alexandria is emerging as an attractive city for people of all ages to visit and live.
One of the largest retail real estate developers in the country, EDENS, saw a special opportunity to create a center of retail shopping for tourists and residents, combined with market-rate apartments. EDENS was impressed by HCM’s past mixed-use developments, such as Anthology at 625 H Street and the Exchange at Wheaton and hired us to design their vision.
Situated in the Old Town North neighborhood of the City of Alexandria, Gables Old Town North will become a new retail hub and gateway for the district. The mixed-use development is anchored at the street level by over 50,000 sf of retail, a public plaza, and tranquil green space. Standing at 6 stories tall, the 232-unit apartment complex will not disrupt historic Alexandria’s intentionally shallow skyline.
Our team’s first challenge was to create a contemporary building that still conformed to the city’s historic style. They decided on an architecture that seeks to respect the past mercantile history of the neighborhood while looking ahead to the future with its modern amenities and details. The loading for the project has also been completely internalized, resulting in minimal disruption to the neighborhood and pedestrian activity.
Gables is designed as a podium-style building with two full levels of underground parking, townhouse style walk-up units at the street level, and a combination of four and five upper levels of wood frame construction. The amenities continue above for the residents including three distinct podium level courtyards and rooftop deck with views of the Potomac River.
50,942 sf of Retail Space
481 Parking Spaces
LEED Homes Mid-Rise Targeting Silver