Monday, February 05, 2007
Feeling the residential boom immediately to its south along Route 1 down to Alexandria, and finding itself with plenty of suddenly empty office space due to the US government’s recent base realignment and closure measures, Crystal City is making big strides to transform itself into a more residential-friendly neighborhood. First up is Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty’s plan to gut and convert Crystal Plaza 2, located at 220 20th Street S., from almost 200,000 sf of office space to mixed-use residential. The company expects to start the conversion this Spring, with a target completion date of Spring 2008. Crystal Plaza 2 was once home of the US Patent and Trademark Office, before the agency moved to Alexandria in 2005. According to Arlington County records, Crystal Plaza 2 was approved last September for 266 residential units (including six additional floors on top of the existing structure), plus 29,000 sf of retail space. The building will also be re-skinned with new glass and metal. No final decision has been made yet on whether the units will be rentals or condos.