A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City

by Nena Perry-Brown

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 1

Plans to construct a third building at the Crystal Houses apartment complex across the street from Crystal City Metro station may go forward in the coming weeks.

As proposed, a newly-constructed five-story building would deliver 252 apartments to what is currently a surface parking lot at the southwest corner of 18th Street South and South Eads Street (map). A two-level underground garage would deliver 418 vehicular parking spaces; the developer is also committing to delivering a 31,000 square-foot public park on the site.

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 2
A previous rendering of the proposed building

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 3
Newer rendering of the proposed building

Based on feedback the Design Review Committee offered last month, minor tweaks have been made to the proposal. The facade of the building has been simplified while the building design has been further differentiated at the street level. The sidewalks on 18th Street have been widened to 15 feet and surface parking within the development has been reduced to 48 spaces.

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 4
Newer rendering of the proposed building as seen from the opposite corner

The Arlington County Planning Commission is expected to reconsider the proposal from Crystal House Apartments Investors next month following offering feedback on the proposal last month. Lessard Design is the architect on the project. Additional perspectives of the proposed development are below.

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 5
Newer rendering of the proposed building

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 6
A street view of the proposed development

A Less Embellished Design and Less Parking for 252 Units in Crystal City: Figure 7
Newer rendering of the proposed building

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