Carlyle/Eisenhower East Development News: Rushmark plans major residential project west of Telegraph Road

There once was a site known as the Lehigh site, then the VDOT site…and now it has been acquired by Rushmark, which received City of Alexandria approvals in February to build two high rise buildings with 533 apartments and 67 townhouses on the 9 acres.  The townhouses are to be built by Toll Brothers as sales units, while the multi-family units will be rentals.  The site’s location immediately adjacent to the Metro Storage and Inspection Yards has required careful site layout and screening techniques to shield residents from the noise of Metro trains circulating nearby; Rushmark is solving the flood zone issues by raising the level of the land by 7 to 8 feet. Rushmark plans to start ground work in September.  The townhouses will deliver first.  After an April 2017 groundbreaking and 2-2.5 years of construction the rear apartment building will follow, and the project will close out with the apartment tower closest to Eisenhower Avenue.  The final building contains 9,000 square feet of retail space, whose use has not yet been determined.  Among the public benefits cited for the project are 21 “affordable” housing units committed for 40 years plus a contribution of $2.2 million to the City’s Housing Trust Fund for affordable units off-site; a $215,000 contribution to public art, and a $60,000 contribution to a bikeshare station.