Potomac Yard Master Plan


Potomac Yard Master Plan

LocationAlexandria, VA
ClientCommonwealth Atlantic Properties
ServicesMaster Planning, Brownfield Redevelopment
Site Area350 ac (140 ha)

At the time of design, this 350-acre (142 ha) brownfield site straddling south Arlington and north Alexandria was considered the largest undeveloped contiguous tract of land on the East Coast. A former Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac (RF&P) rail yard, Potomac Yard has been transformed from superfund site to regional destination. The Master Plan design developed by OCULUS sought to create an environmentally sustainable mixed-use development with pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

The plan establishes a framework of public open spaces and greenways that serve as civic and recreational amenities, connect the community with regional transportation, and capture stormwater runoff. A 2.5-mile (4.0 km) linear park creates a defining spine of open space across the length of the site with secondary greenways connecting to individual development areas. A central town green serves as the centerpiece of the Potomac Yard Town Center, a high-density, mixed-use development area.

In addition to development of the Master Plan, OCULUS developed detailed urban design guidelines to ensure consistent quality of future site development.