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South Pickett Street: Apartments, Townhomes, New Retail Transforming Area

Bowling alley, warehouses making way for residential and new retail properties.

A new complex called Strata apartments at South Pickett and South Van Dorn streets could start leasing this summer. Shown: The "before" -- warehouses and parking lots took up much of the site.  (Patch file photo)
A new complex called Strata apartments at South Pickett and South Van Dorn streets could start leasing this summer. Shown: The "before" -- warehouses and parking lots took up much of the site. (Patch file photo)

With its close proximity to the Van Dorn Street Metro station on one end and I-395 on the other, South Pickett Street has become a development hotbed for Alexandria.

On the west end of South Pickett Street near the Metro station, Mill Creek Residential may start leasing the Strata apartments later this year. The development is taking shape across South Van Dorn Street from the TD Bank, and just north of the shopping center that includes Jerry's Subs and Pizza.

See the plans for The Strata in Alexandria and more information here.

The 360-apartments will be joined by 15,000 square feet of retail space with signed retailers Smashburger and California Tortilla. Apartments will range from studios to two-bedroom units. One building will be entirely higher-end apartments with upgraded fixtures and finishes.

For a site just west (behind) Home Depot, developer JBG is asking Alexandria to switch the commercial site at 430 and 450 South Pickett Street (primarily warehouses and parking) to a residential area that may be called Cameron Park. The Alexandria Planning Commission will take up the matter in May, Washington Business Journal reported

The site of the U.S. Bowling alley, near the intersection of South Pickett and Duke Streets, is also slated for redevelopment – but it may be a while. Capital Investment Advisors had planned 189 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail in a development there also with JBG brokering deals, but plans are changing to offer more for-sale units – including townhomes. The Planning Commission may take up the matter this summer, Washington Business Journal reported.  


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