Monday, January 05, 2009

Crystal City, Aster is Born

After almost four years in the development pipeline, the project known to some as the North Tract Apartments, were approved by the Arlington County Planning Commission way back in July of 2005, are under construction, this time as The Aster at Crystal City.

Located at 305 10th Street South, the site was
initially under the control of Archstone-Smith, which sought to construct two 5-story buildings with a total of 184 "luxury apartment homes" - including some with third-level mezzanines. In 006, however, the site and accompanying plans were sold off to Atlanta-based developer York Residential under the guise of North Track Apartments, LLC, but the project sat for some time thereafter.

DCmud is now happy to report that construction is bristling along on the once dormant project and it's sporting its new Aster moniker. York is currently projecting a third quarter 2009 completion for the first building and a fourth quarter finish for the second. Once finished off, the Aster will come in at 228,000 square feet, include 15 affordable-priced apartments and meet the LEED standard for green certification (albeit the lowest one possible, with 24 points). Additionally, in keeping with the framework plan established by the Crystal City Planning Task Force, the County will take advantage of the development’s close proximity to Long Bridge Park (once known as North Tract Park) to establish a pedestrian/biker-friendly linkage between the two.

Initially, Archstone had intended to pass two units off to retailers to serve the needs of park patrons. There’s no word on if that deal still stands, but perhaps Monument Realty's neighboring Monument View project - only made possible due to a June land swap between the developer and the County - will acquiesce if York does not.

Designs for the project were prepared by the Preston Partnership. ONCORE Construction is serving a general contractor.


Anonymous said...

Let's cross our fingers that the finished buildings aren't as ugly as the renderings.

Anonymous said...

"lofts" how hip!

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