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Cameron Station, Virginia

Program: Base Realignment and Closure

Cameron Station, Virginia


Cameron Station has transformed from a warehouse complex into a vibrant community of residences, parkland, new schools and a commercial district.

Cameron Station Today

The City of Alexandria together with development firm Cameron Associates, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Greenvest, have developed approximately 2,000 residential units that are a mix of single-family, condominium, and townhouse homes.  The neighborhood's economic foundation is also supported by a growing commercial district, new schools, and parkland.  Restaurants, a coffee bar, a day-care center, and a dry cleaner all add to the convenience of this planned community.


The 1988 Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended the closure of Cameron Station, resulting in the transfer of 3,518 civilian positions within the region, and the loss of 112 civilian jobs.  With the action, roughly 160 acres were made available for reuse.  The installation formally closed in September 1995. 

The Task Force to Monitor the Closing of Cameron Station (TFMCCS) was established by the Alexandria City Council to develop a base reuse plan and coordinate other activities in support of the disposal effort.  In August 1990, a plan was completed that called for a mixed-use development of mostly residential and some commercial space.  Additionally, provisions were made for local homeless providers as well as the preservation of open space on the site, including a popular duck pond.

The TFMCCS continued as a planning organization through 1992 when the City Council completed its zoning for the surplus installation and determined they would not be more involved with the redevelopment effort, largely out of a desire to get the land on the city’s property tax rolls. 

The Army conducted a competitive-bid sale on 101 acres of the former base in 1995.  Cameron Associates, was selected as the developer, and the $33.3-million sale closed in December 1996.  The remaining property, including the 62 acres of duck pond and related open space, was acquired under a public benefit conveyance sponsored by the Department of the Interior for park and recreational use. 

After the Army completed its clean-up of the property, Cameron Associates demolished the remaining structures at Cameron Station and proceeded with development in 1999.  Since then, five phases of approximately 2,000 homes have been built by the developer.

Updated October, 2017

Point of Contact

Ms. Maya Contreras
Principal Planner
Development, Department of Planning & Zoning


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