County Board To Link Three Top Development Projects In Crystal City

Three development projects in Crystal City may be joined together in an effort to maximize community benefits.

Rendering of the proposed towers by JBG Smith at 223 23rd Street S.

Over the weekend, the Arlington County Board voted 4-0 to advertise public hearings on a Phased Development Site Plan for three of JBG Smith’s raft of post-HQ2 proposed projects in the area.

The projects included in the phased site plan are:

  • Two mixed-use towers at 1900 Crystal Drive with hundreds of apartments
  • Two towers with residential, office, and retail space at 223 23rd Street S.
  • A new office building at 101 12th Street S.

However, of the three projects, only the 1900 Crystal Drive project is set for County Board consideration in March this year while the rest are likely to reach the Board in 2021.

According to the county staff, the phased site plan will help the county to better plan and obtain community benefits in exchange for the added density proposed for each project.

“This PDSP will bind these three (3) noncontiguous projects together from the perspective of the maximum amount of density achievable with the associated Final Site Plan applications and a community benefits package related to the cumulative amount of additional density,” the county staff report says. “Staff finds this PDSP approach to be an innovative effort to link the delivery of community benefits associated with multiple site plan projects into a common PDSP that establishes a framework for how they will together facilitate the delivery of public improvements and other enhancements to the area.”

Meanwhile, two other JBG development proposals in Crystal City have hit a snag after county staff balked at proposed building heights.

The staff deemed the proposals unacceptable as they above the 200-foot limit mandated by the County’s zoning ordinance.

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