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Board Approves New Crystal City Apartment Tower

by ARLnow.com February 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm 18 Comments

New apartment building proposed for former Crystal City Post Office site (rendering courtesy Kettler)The Arlington County Board on Saturday approved a new 11-story, 198-unit apartment building, to be built on the old Crystal City Post Office site.

The Board voted 4-0 to approve the building, at 1720 S. Eads Street. Developer Kettler has promised to reserve 16 of the apartments — 8 percent of all units — as dedicated affordable housing for the next 30 years, and will design the building to LEED Silver sustainability specifications. Sustainable features include a landscaped roof and electric vehicle recharging stations in the 176-space parking garage.

“This project, one of the first approved under the Crystal City [Sector] plan, fulfills the community’s wishes to see homes — including affordable units — built on this site, within walking distance of Metro and other public transit,” County Board Chairman Walter Tejada said in a statement. “I believe it will serve as a catalyst for redeveloping Crystal City into the more walkable, vibrant neighborhood that the community envisions.”

1720 S. Eads Street rooftop poolOther community benefits pledged by the developer include improved sidewalks and curbs around the building, an upgraded traffic signal at the intersection of S. Eads and 18th Street, muti-space parking meters, and a $272,273 contribution for public open space improvement in Crystal City.

The Board was able to iron out issues with the building’s proposed rooftop deck and pool that caused it to be deferred from December’s County Board meeting.

Renderings via Arlington County and Kettler

  • Fedworker

    Looks nice. Will any of those 16 affordable units be located on the 11th floor? If so, where do I sign? After the sequester sets in I’ll be in the market for affordable house.

    • ph7

      In MoCo, a disproportionate number of the “affordable units” go to college students who are temporarily poor, but will soon have income levels that place them well beyond the need for a public/developer subsidy. But at least it’s a lottery. Let’s hope ArlCo’s process avoids this unintended consequence.

    • Another fedfamily

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Sara

    This is such a tiny lot. I worry about the placement of this large building on that small a lot and the impact construction will have on residents nearby (Crystal Towers is probably 50 feet from the edge of this lot).

  • drax

    What original architecture.

  • Skippy Johnson

    So will it have the rooftop pool or not? That was the primary issue that caused it to be deferrred in the first place

    • Yes, there will still be a pool. It was relocated to the 11th floor to satisfy height limits, according to the Board report.

      • Josh S

        In other words, the building shrank. A bit.

  • Who didn’t vote?

    • bemused bystander

      Mr. Zimmerman missed the meeting due to flu.

    • Josh S

      As noted in the post about the tax rate, Zimmerman was home sick.

  • Mary-Austin

    SO freakin’ vibrant!

  • novasteve

    I know it’s probably more expensive and probably less likely to be prefabricated and put together with cheap illegal alien labor, but even DC has some romanesque looking buildings. Just something different. Arlington is really bland.

  • De Kalb Street

    Regarding the lot size, I hope you realize that 30+ story buildings are often built on lots just as small and in closer proximity to other buildings in urban areas throughout the US and the world. The site is only 1 block from the metro and is perfectly suited for density.

    • Sara

      But there is a massive apartment building about 50 feet away. What about those residents when blasting and drilling starts? And buildings in Crystal City — especially residential buildings — aren’t this close together.

      • De Kalb Street

        Buildings larger than this planned building are constructed every day in places like north Arlington and Washington DC that abut existing residential structures with no setbacks. You can also cite examples in large cities line Boston and New York where this is the norm. That’s why there are rules around construction hours and requirements for advanced notification when blasting and other noisy activities are planned. This type of construction will become the norm in Arlington as the county becomes more urban and dense.

      • speonjosh

        What about those residents? Where does it say they can expect the neighborhood around them to never change? Besides, I don’t think anyone would advertise that neighborhood as quiet and bucolic. Twelve months or so of construction is not a big deal.

  • Po’ Teach

    How much would the affordable units run for? and what is the salary cap?


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