- Replacing façade, reconfiguring retail space
- Adding 10,000 sq. ft. of office, retail space
- Creating open terraces on uppermost floors
The Arlington County Board today approved a plan by developer Vornado to transform the outdated Crystal Square Office 3 building in Crystal City into a more attractive and competitive “Class A” office building.
“This redevelopment is part of the ongoing public and private investments in Crystal City that will help ensure it remains one of the region’s premier urban villages and continues to offer a great mix of housing, office space and shopping opportunities – all served by an improved transportation network,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes.
The building’s primary tenant, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, is planning to relocate its 1,600 workers to another Vornado property just a few blocks north in 2016. As part of Vornado’s concept of a transformed Crystal City becoming a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, the developer plans to renovate and reposition the 249,250 square feet Crystal Square Office 3 and rebrand it as 1770 Crystal Drive.
The Board voted 5 to 0 to approve the site plan amendment.
Adding office and retail space
The approved plan includes replacing the building’s façade, reshaping the building to add approximately 10,000 square feet of office and retail space, and modifying the uppermost floors to create open terrace areas. The façade will be updated with glass and metal panels to replace the current concrete, and the retail space on the first floor will be reconfigured. The second floor plaza level will be approved as office but potentially convertible to retail space as demand warrants.
Improving the Crystal Drive streetscape
The redevelopment includes creating a wide sidewalk along the building’s Crystal Drive frontage, and a new entrance to the Crystal Underground Shops to create a more pedestrian-friendly experience. To do this, the first two levels of the building façade would be pushed back approximately seven additional feet from the current back of the sidewalk, and the entrance to the Crystal Underground Shops would be moved to the northern side of building, making it easier to walk to and from the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Station and the Shops.
1770 Crystal Drive (formerly known as Crystal Square Office 3) is a 12-story office building built in 1979 that is part of the Crystal Square site plan, a mixed-use development in Crystal City approved by the County Board in September 1972. The development is approximately 1.3 million square feet of office space, 155,000 sq. ft. of commercial retail space and 378 residential units. The Crystal Square site plan was completed in 1979. Crystal Square Office 3 is one of four office buildings in the overall site plan. The site plan also includes one residential building and retail uses, including the Crystal Underground Shops.
The approved plan is guided by the Crystal City Sector Plan.
To read the staff report on this project, visit the County website. Read the report for Item #34 on the Agenda for the Dec. 15,, 2015 Recessed County Board Meeting.