Wegmans breaks ground off of Eisenhower Avenue

Wegmans breaks ground off of Eisenhower Avenue
Mayor Justin Wilson, Councilor Amy Jackson, Stonebridge Principal Douglas Firstenberg, City Manager Mark Jinks and Stephanie Landrum, president and CEO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, at the Carlyle Crossing groundbreaking on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Heather Hartzell)

By Heather Hartzell | hhartzell@alextimes.com

Carlyle Crossing, the new town center off of Eisenhower Avenue to be anchored by Wegmans Food Market, broke ground on Mandeville Lane on Wednesday. The newly branded town center is a joint venture between Stonebridge, a real estate and investment firm, Creek Lane Capital and MetLife Investment Management.

“Crossing implies the ‘epicenter’ and the ‘intersection of many elements,’” Stonebridge Principal Douglas Firstenberg said in a statement. “Therefore Carlyle Crossing is the perfect name for our development as it will be the center of this area with the Wegmans, AMC Movie Theatre and our plaza creating the vibrant walkable mixed-use environment for the area.”

The one-million-square-foot project will include a Wegmans, 130,000 square feet of retail use and more than 750 residential units, according to a news release. Wegmans will be located on the second level of the project, allowing Mandeville Lane’s street level to feature other retailers. Phase one of the project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. Wegmans is slated to open in 2022.

The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from Mayor Justin Wilson; Dan Aken, Wegmans director of real estate and site development; and Matt Walsh of Walsh Group. Alexandria City Councilors Amy Jackson and John Chapman attended, along with City Manager Mark Jinks.

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Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly stated that the new Carlyle Crossing development was in Carlyle. In reality, the new development falls outside of the Carlyle boundaries. The Times regrets the error.