Robert D. Youngentob, a principal in the development company EYA, outlined the firm's concept for an approximately $200 million project that he said will transform the 3.5-acre site from industrial to a modern residential-commercial mix.
"We know there is a lot of controversy and history with the city's waterfront plan, and we want to balance, not overwhelm, the area," Youngentob
said in an interview.
A building at 2 Duke St., which Robinson Terminal Warehouse Co.
used as its headquarters, probably will be converted to an architect's office, an art gallery or other low-intensity commercial use, Youngentob
If all goes well, Youngentob
hopes to break ground on the warehouse project in the summer of 2015.
The plans must be approved by the Waterfront Commission
, the local board of architectural review, the Planning Commission
and the City Council.
is familiar with the planning gantlet in Alexandria because it has built more than 10 residential projects there over the past 21 years.
The firm's work includes the Oronoco, a waterfront property that Youngentob
said is similar to the condominium units planned for the Robinson property.