Alexandria’s First Food Hall Coming To Carlyle

A 12,000 square feet food hall with 12 individual vendors in it is coming to Carlyle, Alexandria in 2020. The food hall will be located on the ground floor of the largest adaptive reuse project the city has ever seen, according to City Spokesman Craig Fifer. Next year, what was once a 13-story office building at 200 Stovall St. will become a 520-unit apartment complex, anchored by the food hall and a 12,000-square-foot co-working space. The food hall and the co-working space will be operated by the team behind ALX Community. ALX Community is a co-working space at 106 N. Lee Street that opened about a year ago. “We’re so excited, over the moon,” Kelly Grant, chief operating officer of ALX Community, said. “Twelve independent operators will work out of that space – a wine bar, a coffee bar … it doesn’t open until 2020, so we’re still on the search to find cool, chef-inspired great things under that one roof. I think it’s going to be awesome.” As of this moment in time, Grant refused to disclose more information since the company is still finalizing the design and vendors. The co-working space will offer monthly memberships for desk and office space with a variety of amenities. The office building off of Eisenhower Avenue has been one of the largest structures on the Eastern side of Alexandria for over 50 years now. The 665,552-square-foot concrete block had become somewhat of an eyesore after being left vacant by the Department of Defense. Because the structure had been an office building for nearly 50 years, the architects faced challenges while working on the project different from those that arise when designing a building from scratch. Among the challenges were outdated utilities, different code requirements and restricted and unusual apartment layouts.

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