A Mixed-Use Fire Station? Challenging the Limits of Mixed-Use Development

A visual essay exploring the emerging Potomac Yard neighborhood in Alexandria, VA and how one innovative project reinterprets the traditional definition of mixed-use development.

April 3, 2015, 7:00 AM PDT

By Plan.Place

The Station at Potomac Yard

Jeff Schlossberg / The Station at Potomac Yard

In a new post from Plan.Place, Jeff Schlossberg visits the burgeoning Potomac Yard neighborhood in Alexandria, VA and considers one recent project that pushes the boundaries of mixed-use development. He discovers that, "Mixed-use development can be so much more than just residential next to commercial or apartments above shops." Needing to service the new Potomac yard neighborhood, "Alexandria committed to build its first new fire station in more than 30 years. However, rather than building a traditional, single-use facility, the city pursued an innovative design that fit the station into the mixed-use fabric of the new neighborhood." The new fire station is integrated into a building that also includes ground-floor commercial space and residential apartments. 

The article provides a visual essay on Potomac Yard and the innovative fire station. 

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