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Celebrating And Anticipating Positive Change In Crystal City

Arlington County Board Vice Chair Katie Cristol, Crystal City BID President and CEO Angela Fox and Arlington County board member Christian Dorsey

The Crystal City Business Improvement District team congregated with stakeholders, friends, elected officials and board members on June 12 to celebrate another year of positive change in Arlington’s largest downtown. The event featured lively discussion of exciting future developments in the area.

During the BID’s fiscal year, which concludes June 30, further evolution transformed Crystal City. The eagerly anticipated arrival of Whole Foods brought an accessible grocer, 12th Street formed a missing link with Pentagon City, Earth Treks opened a 35K SF indoor rock climbing destination, Washington National broke ground on a new terminal and a slew of new businesses joined the Crystal City nexus of innovation.

Crystal City will be the site of several new landscape-altering construction projects in the near future, including the second phase of Long Bridge Park, which encompasses an aquatic center, and several high-priority county road infrastructure projects. Over a thousand new residential units are in the pipeline, including LCOR’s Altaire, now under construction, Vornado/Charles E. Smith’s Metropolitan Park 6 project and the recently approved Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group residential project at Century Center.

Channeling the underlying theme of sustainable change in Dr. Seuss’ "The Lorax," Crystal City BID President and CEO Angela Fox honored outgoing county board member Jay Fisette and Vornado/Charles E. Smith’s Mara Olguin for being the necessary drivers of positive change for Arlington County and Crystal City. When the impending merger of Vornado/Charles E. Smith and JBG into JBG Smith is finalized, many more exciting changes are expected to follow.

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