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Board Approves Apartment Building

Former Crystal City Post Office site rezoned.

The Arlington County Board approved on Feb. 23 the first residential building proposed since the board adopted the Crystal City Sector Plan.

Developer Kettler is proposing to convert the site of the former Crystal City Post Office, which has been non-operational for many years, to an 11-story apartment building with 198 residential units. Sixteen of the units will be contractually committed to remain affordable for 30 years.

The board voted 4 to 0 to rezone the parcels to “C-O-Crystal City” Commercial Office Building, Retail, Hotel and Multiple-family Dwelling Districts. The board voted 4 to 0 to approve the site plan.

The proposed development is located on the west side of Jefferson Davis Highway at 1720 S. Eads Street, near the Crystal City Metro station, shops and dining.

The developer is earning additional density for agreeing to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) Silver certification and LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED – EBOM). LEED is an internationally recognized green building program. The developer also earned density bonuses for providing 16 on-site affordable units; off-site transportation improvements, and funds to create and improve open space in Crystal City.

To learn more about this planned project, visit the Arlington County website. Scroll down to Item 26 on the County Board Agenda to read the staff report.