Old Town Commons

Gold Award for Neighborhood
Old Town Commons
Project Location: Alexandria, Va.
Photographer: Thomas Arledge

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Project Team
Architect: Lessard Design - Architect's Website
Builder: EYA - Builder's Website

Developer: EYA - Developer's Website
Land Planner: Bowman Consulting - Land Planner's Website

Design Statement:
Once five city blocks of uninhabitable public housing, Old Town Commons has been transformed into a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood. The neighborhood is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, steps from the Metro, the Potomac River and historic King Street. The architecture pays homage to details like colorful paint schemes, pent roofs and trim details. Rear-load parking garages, wide sidewalks, and community parks create a pedestrian-friendly environment. Old Town Commons is a global model for public-private partnerships, and has been replicated in other projects throughout Washington and beyond.