Crystal City Sector Plan
The County Board adopted the Crystal City Sector Plan in 2010. The 40-year long-range plan is the result of extensive work with the community with more than 90 public meetings over a four year period. The plan is the vision of the community to transform the Crystal City area by encouraging new development through density and other incentives, improving the streets, sidewalks and other public infrastructure, upgrading open space and increasing transit options. The goal is to make Crystal City a more complete, inviting, lively and walkable community with more ground floor retail, better quality office space and more housing options.
The County initiated the Crystal City Sector Plan in response to the federal government’s Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), which had a major impact on Crystal City as various Department of Defense-related agencies moved out of the area; leaving millions of square feet of office vacant and causing the loss of thousands of jobs in Arlington.
Among the improvements envisioned in the Sector Plan for Crystal City are a streetcar line along the Route 1 corridor that will run from the Pentagon City Metrorail station through Crystal City to Potomac Yard; new and renovated buildings creating a more urban grid network; the transformation of Jefferson Davis Highway into an urban boulevard linking Crystal City’s east and west neighborhoods; ground floor retail stores and improved design and quality for public open spaces.
Over the life of the plan, the Crystal City area is expected to see the construction of 9.7 million square feet of new office space (5.3 million net), 7,600 net new housing units, and 1.5 million square feet of new retail space (650,000 net), accommodating a net increase in density of 61 percent – in what is already the highest density neighborhood in the region. This will result in 20,000 net new jobs and 14,000 net new residents. In the coming twenty years, the plan and nearby areas are projected to see private investment of $3.5 billion, public investment of $200 million, and increased property tax collections of $800 million.