Recent Development Activity:

Combined Properties has begun demolition of the 50-year old Penn Daw Shopping Center in order to replace it with a mixed-use development. The development will include 400 multi-family residential dwelling units, 41 townhouse units and up to 45,000 SF of ground-floor retail uses.

Case Number Status Date
RZ 2013-LE-008 Approved 1/14/2014
FDP 2013-LE-008 Approved 1/14/2014
003894-SP-005-3 Approved 8/16/2016



South Alex®


February 9, 2021: South Alex Construction Moving Along One Year After Devastating Fire

October 4, 2020: South Alex rebuilds after ‘devastating’ fire

February 14, 2020: $48M damage bill: Smokes sent South Alex development up in flames

February 11, 2020: Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation’s statement on South Alex fire

February 10, 2020: Massive Fairfax County fire spurs economic, safety concerns

December 14, 2018: Groundbreaking held for South Alex development

October 31, 2018: Combined Properties to begin construction on $135M, Aldi-anchored South Alex

January 22, 2018:  Aldi signs deal to be South Alex grocery store.


Combined Properties Inc., the longtime owner of Penn Daw Plaza, has demolished the 50-year old shopping center and will replace it with a mixed-use, transit-oriented development, named South Alex.

South Alex is located at the intersection of Route 1 and Kings Highway and is within comfortable walking distance of the Huntington Metro station.  The development will be composed of 400 Class-A apartment units, 41 townhouses,  44,000 SF of retail space, and a national specialty grocer.  The planned development is in line with the 2012 Comprehensive Plan amendment for the Penn Daw area and received rezoning approval by the Board of Supervisors on January 14, 2014.

Craftmark Homes is developing the townhouses, calling the development the “Towns at South Alex.” The townhomes are under construction.

See more photos below: 

South Alex, early conceptual rendering (we want to emphasize early!)












Penn Daw Plaza, the future site of South Alex, under demolition, Fall 2016. Note The Shelby in the background.