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The 4,250 Units Where Amazonians Might Live

by Nena Perry-Brown

Last week's news that Amazon had selected Northern Virginia for a partial headquarters went hand in hand with the christening of the "National Landing" super-neighborhood which includes parts of Crystal City, Potomac Yard and Pentagon City.

Although there is a sizeable amount of development in the works for this area, Amazon's likely purchase of some sites may put some of the planned residential development on hold or potentially on the chopping block.

Today, UrbanTurf takes a look at the current status of the residential pipeline in the National Landing area.


Potomac Yard Redevelopment

This JBG Smith-led redevelopment was approved by the city of Alexandria in 2010 to deliver 7.5 million square feet of mixed-use to replace the shopping center at 3671 Jefferson Davis Highway (map), a street which could potentially be renamed as of next January. Eventually, the project is expected to deliver up to 3,000 residential units, 4 million square feet of office space, 9 acres of open space and 1 million square feet of hotel and retail uses. 

  • Phase I of the redevelopment will replace the Regal Cinema at 3575 Jefferson Davis Highway (map) and adjacent surface parking with 732 apartments, 290,800 square feet of retail and 115,000 square feet of office. Delivery of this phase was intended to coincide with the delivery of the Potomac Yard Metro Station, which will break ground in the spring and is expected to deliver as early as late 2021. 
  • Phase II of the redevelopment is still years away from breaking ground, as much of the existing retail leases have several years left on them.

Pentagon Centre Redevelopment

Kimco Realty is helming redevelopment efforts for the 17-acre site atop the Pentagon City Metro Station, currently home to a 329,000 square-foot shopping center. Eventually, nearly 2 million square feet of mixed-use development will deliver six buildings with a total of 705,000 square feet of office space, 200 hotel rooms 346,000 square feet of retail and 693 apartments along a re-established street grid. The project was initially approved by Arlington County in 2008 and an amended version was approved in 2015. WDG Architecture is the designer.

  • Phase I 

The residential portions of the redevelopment are in progress now. The Witmer, a 26-story tower located at S Hayes Street and 12th Street S (map), has already topped off and its 440 apartments are expected to begin leasing in the spring. The unit mix will include 37 junior one-bedrooms, 286 one-bedrooms, 15 one bedroom plus dens, 36 two-bedrooms and 6 three-bedrooms; there will also be 7,000 square feet of retail and 395 parking spaces on the lower seven floors.

The second residential building will be 11 stories tall at the corner of S Hayes Street and 15th Street S (map), delivering 253 apartments above 16,000 square feet of retail and 253 parking spaces. The remaining phases of the development are likely to be decades away.


Pen Place

While Amazon is expected to purchase this site, JBG Smith still has an application pending to construct a pair of 7-story buildings, each with 171 apartments, at 12th Street South and South Eads Street (map). The East building would contain 18,641 square feet of retail and 78 parking spaces, while the West building would have 20,504 square feet of retail and 73 parking spaces; a public plaza with art installation will be between the two. There would also be a second phase of development.  


Hello, Amazon? The 1,200 Residential Units Coming to Crystal City: Figure 2

Crystal Houses

The owners of Crystal Houses have been approved to add a third building to the complex, delivering an additional 252 apartments to the southwest corner of 18th Street South and South Eads Street (map). The five-story building, of which Lessard Design is the architect, would also contain 418 parking spaces across two below-grade levels. The project will also deliver a 31,000 square-foot public park. 


Hello, Amazon? The 1,200 Residential Units Coming to Crystal City: Figure 5

Century Center Redevelopment

Construction to add 22 stories above the two-story retail structure currently at 2351 Jefferson Davis Highway (map) is expected to begin by the end of this year. Lowe Enterprises is the lead developer of the project, which will deliver 302 apartments (47 studios, 126 one-bedrooms and 129 two-bedrooms). Residents will have access to 242 spaces of the garage parking currently shared among the seven buildings spanning 23rd to 26th Streets, while retail customers will have access to 100 of those spaces. Cooper Carry is the architect. 


Hello, Amazon? The 1,200 Residential Units Coming to Crystal City: Figure 6

Metropolitan Park

Redevelopment plans for Metropolitan Park were seemingly on hold since Vornado was absorbed into JBG Smith, and Amazon's arrival may change the trajectory of the development entirely. While the next phase of the project was approved two years ago to bring a 22-story building with 577 apartments and 9,665 square feet of retail to the 1400 block of South Eads Street (map) and two additional mixed-use redevelopments were anticipated for the parcels south of this one, now, Amazon is expected to buy all three remaining parcels.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the-4247-units-slated-for-national-landing/14710

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