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Makeover of Crystal City Metro Begins Next Week

by Katie Pyzyk | August 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm | 2,777 views | 11 Comments

(Updated at 1:15 p.m.) Plans have been revealed for renovations to the Crystal City Metro station entrance, which are scheduled to begin next week.

The project’s groundbreaking ceremony will take place next Tuesday, September 4, and construction is expected to last six weeks. The overhaul includes upgrading lighting, landscaping, pedestrian walkways, seating and a visitor information kiosk.

“We’re really excited about this, about the transformation coming to Crystal City,” said Crystal City BID President Angela Fox.

Fox added that many people will benefit from the facelift, considering the Metro Gateway area receives even more foot traffic than the other areas — Southern Gateway and Northern Gateway (Long Bridge Park area) — that were recently renovated. An estimated 26,000 riders use that Metro station daily.

The Metro entrance will remain open throughout the renovating period, although at times pedestrians may have to take detours around some construction in the plaza. If everything goes well, the project should be completed by mid-October.

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  • JohnB

    Link to the plans?

  • South Awwlington

    When does the construction begin for the new entrance?

  • Ryan

    What effect will this have on the entrance while construction is ongoing?

  • craig

    that picture looks like they used MS Paint. Fail

    • SomeGuy

      If they drew that with MS Paint, that’s hardly a fail. I’d be impressed.

    • Ballston

      You haven’t seen the other unnaturally green trees growing around Donaldson Run? That’s where these are coming from.

  • Margret Hullinger

    I’d trade renovations on the outside for working escalators! It ridiculous at this station. The standing water whenever it rains is disgusting to say the least, and is a danger to riders. Fix the substantive things first.

  • Michael H.

    Here’s a comparison of the existing layout and the new layout in the plan sketches:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151220620063689&set=a.245406463688.168382.37658178688&type=1&theater

    Some of the dirt area on the west side of the entrance will be paved over and the newspaper boxes moved. The sidewalk on the SW corner will also be widened.

    The article already indicates that construction will begin next week.

    This project will remake the existing Metro entrance. But there are also longer-term plans for the Metro station that are more ambitious. I don’t believe those future plans are funded yet, so it could be several years before those are started, if ever. One proposal is to add a 2nd entrance at the station, near the corner of 18th St. and Crystal Drive. This entrance would be more convenient for those heading to offices and restaurants on Crystal Drive.

    Another proposal is to create a Metro plaza between the two Metro entrances, along 18th St. There could be restaurants along the plaza as well as open space for temporary events like the farmer’s market and the various beer and wine events.

    You can find more details on those proposals in the Crystal City Sector Plan. FYI: Those ideas are not guaranteed to happen. But as older buildings are torn down and replaced in the neighborhood (1400 Crystal Drive, 1900 Crystal Drive, 220 20th St.), some or many of the proposed improvements could be added.

  • Charles

    I wish Arlington wold find actually necessary things to spend money on, than to gussy up a subway stop.

    • SamsonTheCat

      More streetcars!

  • Alex

    When are going to get something truly useful, like a west entrance to the Ballston metro!?

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