Bonaventure unveils new plans for shopping centers on Mount Vernon Avenue | ALXnow

Local developer Bonaventure hopes its new mall in the middle of Del Ray can be built as soon as summer 2025. If all goes according to plan.

At present, the plan for 2525 Mount Vernon Avenue is still in its conceptual phase, but includes a four-story, 43-foot-tall building with 12,530 square feet of retail space and 79 rental units on a land of an acre. Bonaventure does not plan to include affordable housing in the project and will instead contribute to the city’s housing trust fund.

The 88,500 square foot building is the former Alexandria Community and Social Services Department. Bonaventure bought it for $22.5 million in the summer of 2019, along with the properties at 2401, 2403, and 2411-2419 Mount Vernon Avenue.

Bonaventure also owns the 144-space parking lot across from Pat Miller Square on Mount Vernon Avenue and E. Oxford Avenue, which will be available to residents of the new building, but shoppers will be relegated to street parking.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the developer wants the plan to be submitted to the City for review in November, followed by the final site plan and building permit process, and then over a year and a half for construction.

“If things go according to our schedule, we would go to open court in November,” said Bonaventure attorney Cathy Puskar. “After the public hearing, there is a final site plan and building permit process, and we would be looking to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2023, and the building would be completed in 18 to 20 months.”

Via Bonaventure