New apartments and retail space have been added to the former rail yard at Potomac Yard in Alexandria.

Once one of the busiest rail yards in the Eastern United States, the area is being transformed into a walkable, urban infill space that will eventually have its own Metro station. Notch 8, a 253-unit apartment building at 2900 Main Line Blvd. in Alexandria built by the JBG Companies, is the second residential building to open in the Exchange neighborhood.

Shops and restaurants are within walking distance of the building and a new Giant grocery store is steps away. The Metroway bus rapid transit system, with a stop directly in front of Notch 8, links the community to the Crystal City and Braddock Road Metro stations.


The apartment building has a courtyard with a swimming pool, a fire pit, hammocks, grilling stations and an outdoor billiards table. Indoor amenities include a lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, a flat-panel TV, billiards and a catering kitchen.

There’s also a game room and a fitness center. The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments have nine-foot-high ceilings, moveable kitchen islands, stainless steel appliances, quartz counters, glass tile backsplashes, a washer and dryer, walk-in closets and NEST learning thermostats. Monthly rents range from $1,745 to $2,960.

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