Central District at Crystal City

Arlington, VA
A future place to shop, live and gather in the heart of Crystal City.
Owner & Developer
Phase
Community Review
retail
120,000 SF
Open Space
Public Plaza
Movie Theater
Alamo Drafthouse
1. Existing Retail
What are your favorite places to shop or dine in Crystal City today? What do you like most about them?
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Like the idea of an Alamo Drafthouse theater in Crystal City?

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Outdoor Racquetball/Handball Courts would add to the recreation component. The Volleyball Pits are very popular. I believe the response would be the same with the racquetball/handball courts. I volunteer... Read more

Thank you for your comment Margo! It would be great if you could attend the Open Space open-house to share your thoughts. We will be posting the date of the open-house on the project site once we have... Read more

My favorite place is the secret garden where people and especially people that live in Crystal City gather and are surrounded with mature trees offering shade and area for their dogs to run. Unfortunately... Read more

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Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

Upgrade the Crystal Drive Bike Lane to a protected bike lane otherwise all of the loading & dropoff activity at Central District will make it a repeat of the constantly-blocked bike lane down by Good Stuff... Read more

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Also, safer bike access from the southbound side of. Crystal Drive to the MVT trailhead. The projected increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic will likely necessitate a change from what we currently... Read more

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Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

I would like to see protected bike lanes on Crystal drive and 18th street. The unprotected bike lanes in front of good stuff are constantly used as drop off and pick up by cars that block the bike lane.... Read more

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Definitely need to ensure they’re clearly marked: the protected bike lane that passes Bank of America at S Eads and 15th St frequently has cars parked between the curb and the bike lane markers as if the... Read more

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Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

Crystal Drive needs a protected bike lane. This will keep people on bikes off the sidewalks, prevent double-parking in the lanes, and make folks safer. This project shares a block with a future Metro entrance,... Read more

Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

A PROTECTED BIKE LANE PLEASE. Otherwise the bike lanes on Crystal Drive will be EVEN MORE blocked than they already are!

What kinds of retail would you like to see most?

Boutique beauty (e.g, Aesop skin care), bicycle shop, Asian grocery stores, and a contemporary home furnishings store, (something smaller than a West Elm or Crate and Barrel - anything right now would... Read more

Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

I’m really excited about new entertainment options and more lush/intimate green spaces anywhere and everywhere in Crystal City. This is a robust project that would bring an amazing and much-needed transformation... Read more

Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

More bike parking. Also, please install protected bike lanes! Drivers do not respect the bike lanes on Crystal Drive; they are constantly double parking and not watching out for cyclists while parking.... Read more

What would encourage you to spend time in the public plaza?

I would love an outdoor beer garden and music venue. A outdoor play area for kids may be another nice feature.

Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

Connect the new retail structure to the indoor Crystal City Shops walkways. Mid-block crosswalk from 1770 Crystal Drive to the Water Park.

Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

Crystal City needs more life to it. It's very business oriented but needs to offer more to it's inhabitants in regards to nightlight and things to do. Possibly more community events, festivals, make it... Read more

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Thanks Antonio! Our vision is to bring a fresh energy to Crystal City that will make it an ideal locale with many uses for those seeking an urban lifestyle right outside the heart of DC.

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What kinds of retail would you like to see most?

As as current resident in Crystal City, we lack any true innovative dining options, with far too much fast casual and regional/national chains. I hope that this opportunity is used to bring in a destination... Read more

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I would also add that high-end clothing retail is not necessarily needed, given Pentagon City is nearby. I hope we prioritize retail options that are actually filling a gap in our neighborhood!

Thank you for commenting Zach! We are excited about a special mix of dining options that will make this area a true destination to serve both residents and visitors.

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What would encourage you to spend time in the public plaza?

I think the Fridays at the Fountains is a great example of how popular CC can be after “core hours”. The combination of live music, outdoor seating, and alcohol creates an atmosphere that encourages people... Read more

Any other suggestions or questions about the future Central District?

The revised Crystal City plan engineered a net loss of park and natural space. This area is already wall-to-wall buildings and concrete/hardscape surfaces. Moreover, these heat-trapping surfaces contribute... Read more

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There already is a beautiful green space/Park across from water park that will be totally destroyed to build the movie theater. It has gorgeous mature trees and red brick walkways. People go there to... Read more

The movie theater currently at Potomac Yard is slated to be torn down as part of the development plan for that area.

Our future holds major challenges to feed our growing population and provide access to open spaces amidst probably major climate changes. We must consider rooftop growing and indoor growing options, preserve... Read more

JBG Smith has already killed many trees around the area. That will not stop them even if we ask them not to destroy that beautiful area.

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