Monday, February 05, 2007

Crystal City Office-to-Residential Conversion Expected to Start this Spring


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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great website, thank you! Just wondering if there's any information on the 9th and M Streets, NW Walnut Street Development Project, Flats at Blagden Alley? Is it still in the pipeline?

Anonymous said...

the Flats at Blagden Alley is still on, but the developers aren't sure yet if they'll be cast as rentals or condos. www.wsd.com just redid their website, fyi.

Nick on Feb 5, 2007, 9:44:00 AM said...

The above is correct - we were all excited to see the Blagden project, but they are now approaching them as rentals ... but who knows, they might switch back to condos when completion time comes, depending on the market. Here is our post on it from July -

http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2006/07/flats-at-blagden-alley-cancels-condo.html

Anonymous said...

A random question (I wasn't sure where to leave it). Rumor has it that Harris Teeter has officially pulled out of the 3rd and H Street, NE location. Any truth to that?

dgarbs said...

not sure, but I just got an email today from the alexandria planning commission that Harris Teeter pulled out of the Madison mixed-use project near the Braddock Rd metro station. Maybe they are pulling out elsewhere, too...

this is not good news.

Ken on Feb 6, 2007, 12:28:00 PM said...

Its not official that Harris Teeter has pulled out, I'm hearing noises that they would rather be at the Stonebridge site by the NY Ave. Metro, which is not guaranteed, so their position at 3rd & H may be waiting for a decision on that. Whole Foods is also considering locating there, either way the neighborhood is going to have plenty of supermarket access, especially given the Safeway going in at CityVista, and the Harris Teeter going in on 13th & Penn.

 

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