- Two residential towers to replace 1967 office building
- $9.7 million in public benefits, including 15 on-site affordable units, $1.1M for Crystal City open space fund
- LEED Gold certification
- Third building to meet Crystal City Sector Plan recommendations
The Arlington County Board today voted to approve redevelopment of 400 Army Navy Drive, replacing a 1967 office building with a 20-story residential building with two towers and 453 units.
“This project is in keeping with the comprehensive vision for Crystal City that the community crafted in the Crystal City Sector Plan,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “It will bring new life and more housing into an Arlington neighborhood that we are working hard to reinvigorate with a better mix of uses, better transportation options, and more and better open space.”
The County Board voted unanimously to approve the site plan.
Redevelopment Guided by the Crystal City Sector Plan
The 400 Army Navy Drive redevelopment proposal centers on a 20-story residential building, separated into two distinct towers, with a total of 453 multiple-family dwelling units. The redevelopment is guided by the standards set forth in the Crystal City Sector Plan,
The blueprint for the next generation of development in Crystal City that the County Board adopted in 2010.
The proposed 400 Army Navy Drive development would replace the office building known as the “Paperclip Building” due to window patterns at the uppermost level. The existing building has been vacant due to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) legislation. The 1.77 acre site is located within a half-mile of both the Pentagon and Pentagon City Metro Stations, and three-quarters of a mile from the Crystal City Metro Station, and has four bus stops within a block. The building will have one parking space per unit, located both below and above ground, and 182 bicycle spaces.
This redevelopment proposal includes vacating and abandoning portions of Old South Eads Street and rezoning of the property from “C-O” Commercial Office Building, Hotel and Multiple-Family Dwelling District to the “C-O Crystal City” Commercial Office Building, Retail, Hotel and Multiple-Family Dwelling District.
Affordable Housing and Community Benefits
The project provides more than $9.7 million in public benefits, including 15 on-site committed affordable housing units; a $2.2 million contribution to the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF); beautification improvements to a small adjacent parcel of land called the “Teardrop Parcel;” $1 million to the Army Navy Drive Complete Streets Project; a $1.1 million contribution to Crystal City Open Space, and $280,000 contribution to traffic signal upgrades.
The Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) reviewed this redevelopment proposal at five meetings. The Transportation, Housing and Planning commissions all discussed the project and recommended approval.
To read the staff report on this item, visit the County website. Scroll down to Item #33 on the Agenda for the January 24 Regular County Board Meeting.
Project at a Glance
- 400 Army Navy Drive
- Two-tower, 20-story building with 491,936 square foot building containing 453 residential units
- Three levels of below-grade parking and two levels of above-grade parking with 453 spaces
- 15 dedicated affordable housing units (8 two-bedroom and 7 one-bedroom units)
- LEED Gold certification and LEED EBOM or US EPA Energy Star
- In-building wireless emergency responder communication system
Arlington Apartments L/CAL LLC
SK&I Design Group
- Harmar Thompson
- 301-897-0002; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable Design Commitments
- Mixed-Use building
- LEED Gold
- LEED EBOM or US EPA Energy Star