Carlyle South Master Plan


Carlyle South Master Plan

LocationAlexandria, VA
ClientCarlyle Plaza LLC, Alexandria Renew
ServicesMaster Planning, Site Design, Construction Documentation
Site Area18 ac (7 ha)
Budget$5 million USD (est.)
Date2010 - Present

Beginning in the late 20th century, the Carlyle and Eisenhower Valley neighborhoods in Alexandria, Virginia have transitioned from industrial uses and experienced redevelopment into mixed-use communities. The 18-acre (7 ha) South Carlyle project site is located at the border between these two neighborhoods and will serve as a key connection between urban developments to the north and west and parkland to the south and east. The simultaneous development of plans for a new mixed use community on the northern half of the site and the expansion of an existing municipal wastewater treatment plant on the southern half of the site presented an opportunity to develop a Master Plan that would increase density and create a cohesive vision, but also introduced a significant programming challenge.

OCULUS worked with a multi-disciplinary team including FXFOWLE Architects to develop a design to transform this former rail yard, landfill, and brownfield site. The team effectively combined the seemingly incompatible programs of mixed use development and wastewater treatment facilities while meeting the varied needs of the developer, City, and public. The resulting Master Plan centers on an extensive landscaped deck that is located over wastewater treatment tanks and above-grade parking. The deck itself creates a new, expansive public space and establishes a vital connection in the local network of parkland and trails.

The City of Alexandria approved the South Carlyle Master Plan in 2012. OCULUS is currently contracted to provide landscape design for the first residential tower.