The Thornton represents the redevelopment of a 1940's low-rise garden community on a 6.8 acre waterfront site in the heavily sought, high barrier-to-entry City of Alexandria sub-market. Through a multi-year re-planning and entitlement process in Alexandria, Foulger-Pratt managed to triple approved density on the site, maintain historic architectural design required by many jurisdictional layers, and achieve a low land basis.
Approved in 2014, the redevelopment plan leverages the site's Cameron Run waterfront overlooking Hunting Creek, recreational setting with the adjacent Mount Vernon trail, walkability to Old Town Alexandria, and immediate access to both the George Washington Parkway and the Capital Beltway. Additionally, the project has proximity to two Metro stations and major employment centers including Carlyle Center, the Pentagon, Mark Center, Old Town, National Harbor, and Downtown Washington, DC. Residents will be able to take advantage of natural surroundings, waterfront views of the Potomac River and surrounding parks, as well as nearby amenities like the Old Town Waterfront and miles of trails leading to Mount Vernon.
Alexandria's City Council has plans to revitalize the Old Town Waterfront and enhance its connection to the broader City neighborhoods. The Thornton is part of this plan which allows pedestrian and bike linkages into Old Town and its central commercial arteries, as well as recreational opportunities along Cameron Run and the Mount Vernon Trail.
The project features creative design that adheres to the strict design guidelines set forth by the City of Alexandria, its Board of Architectural Review, and even the National Park Service that oversees the site's frontage along the historic George Washington Parkway built in 1932.
The Thornton combines historic architecture with 21st century features, with a result that is both modern and classic, offering some of the most spacious apartments in the area. The apartment homes offer contemporary finishes including stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, rich, wood-look flooring and select apartments featuring balconies and river views. Residents will be able to relax by the luxury pool with shallow lounge overlooking Hunting Creek. The property also features a top-of-the-line fitness center featuring a yoga mezzanine level, convenient bicycle storage, and multiple gathering spaces to connect with neighbors or relax and enjoy a book.