Thursday, April 4, 2013
The races are every Friday in April.
Editor's note: This article was initially published on March 19. Give your weekend a running start with 5K Fridays returning to Crystal City starting today. The runs are at 6:30 p.m. every Friday in April. The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Pacers Running Stores are sponsoring the runs. Registration is still open for the race through the BID at $20 per race or $60 for the series. The races will also result in street closures in and around the area from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., according to an advisory from the Crystal City BID: VRE Riders of Fredericksburg Line Train No. 313 (departs Crystal City at 6:53 p.m.) and the Manassas Line Train No. 337 (departs Crystal City at 7:01 p.m.) Affected Garage Facilities
Friday, March 15, 2013
New underground initiative kicks off with an open house from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Crystal City is taking an artful approach to liven up its underground shopping district: Art Underground launches this weekend. The Crystal City Business Improvement District, or BID, is working with area businesses to improve the image of the underground Crystal City Shops and to bring more exposure to its mazes of shopping, dining and art. “We sort-of know what it looks like now, but in two years it could be so much bigger,” said Angela Fox, the BID's chief executive. “We’re excited to see how it morphs and grows.” Art Underground kicks off from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday with an open house that will allow visitors and guests to tour the Gallery Underground, view photography taken from all over the world, and participate in an ArtJamz mega-…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Restaurants in Crystal City already feeling the effects of looming budget cuts.
Crystal City restaurant owners are already starting to feel the squeeze that comes with sequestration in the form of dwindling lunch crowds. “Absolutely, I’m concerned,” said Jim Madden, owner of the Crystal City Sports Pub, which has been in business since 1994. “Quite a bit has happened here already with the Navy Yard moving and BRAC. We would be additionally concerned with any kind of cutbacks that would come here.” The Crystal City area has traditionally hosted many government offices and related businesses, so when the government cuts back, local businesses feel it. Madden said that sequestration — automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts agreed to by Congress to force the passage of a budget — is another blow to his business…
Monday, February 25, 2013
The 11-story building will feature a rooftop pool and other amenities.
The vacant Crystal City Post Office will be replaced by an 11-story apartment building with rooftop pool. The Arlington County Board approved the necessary requests from a McLean developer this weekend to pave the way for the U-shaped new tower. The developer, Kettler, has spent much of the last three months negotiating with the county so that the pool and the associated bathrooms and lifeguard room satisfy Arlington's building height requirements. The residential building will be 208,899 square feet and hold 198 studio, one- and two-bedroom units, a slight decrease from the 203 units originally proposed. The project, at 1720 S. Eads St., is the first residential building to be approved since the county adopted the 40-year Crystal City …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Arlington County planners will receive the award later this month.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Crystal City BID reports Whole Foods Market is coming but offers few details.
10:46 a.m. update — Arlington County officials have confirmed that a new Whole Foods is in the works. The store would be located on the ground level of the Metropolitan Park community at 1200 Eads St. in Pentagon City, across from the Costco. “The developer has proposed a new site plan for a site within the Metropolitan Park that would contain a Whole Foods,” said Aaron Shriber, of Arlington County’s Planning Division. The site plan proposed by developer Vornado/Charles E. Smith went before the Arlington County Planning Commission’s Site Plan Review Committee on Tuesday evening. The plans are in the beginning stages, and would not come before the county board until sometime next year, Shriber said. Phases four and five of Metropolitan …
Monday, September 3, 2012
The Crystal City Diamond Derby is returning for a fall edition. You've never seen anything like it.
Want to see something you’ve never seen before? Head down to Crystal City on Saturday, Sept. 29, for the second running of the Crystal City Diamond Derby. One part art, one part bikes, and two parts spectacle, it’s a crazy mash of people who come together for a great evening in a unusual setting. You want to see this. I should admit that earlier this year, when I encouraged people to check out the first Crystal City Diamond Derby, I didn’t really understand what the event was. I recommended it mostly on the strength of my experience with the promoters as people who put on fun and interesting events. And then I went to check it out for myself. My time there included lots of gawking at decorated bikes, racing on my own bike through a …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Democrats, Republicans and hundreds of private sector government contractors gathered at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott on Monday afternoon to protest sequestration, which would cut $500 billion of federal defense spending.
ARLINGTON — U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly on Monday called on Congress to cancel its upcoming five-week recess in order to solve looming $500 billion defense cuts that could cost Northern Virginia thousands of jobs. That sentiment was echoed by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce President Jim Corcoran, who said the federal government shouldn't balance its budget on the backs of the defense industry. And Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who arrived late to the "Stop Sequestration" rally thanks to a flight delay, said afterward he supported Connolly's idea. "Sequestration" is the name given to $1 trillion federal budget cuts that will happen in January if Congress doesn't reach a compromise. Half of that would affect the defense industry, which …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Projects should benefit Pentagon City, Crystal City and countywide sewer system.
The Arlington County Board on Saturday awarded several contracts for street and infrastructure improvements totaling nearly $13 million. The board voted unanimously to award: Improvements in the Pentagon City and Crystal City areas are part of larger projects designed to make the communities more vibrant and bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, board Chairwoman Mary Hynes said in a statement. Countywide maintenance of Arlington's sewer system "is not sexy, but it is vital," Hynes stated. Pentagon City improvements The Pentagon City project is the largest of the bunch. The long list of improvements to South Hayes Street, between 15th Street South and Army Navy Drive, is designed in part to "create a greater sense of place," according to a …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Arlington County, particularly the Crystal City area, is taking a hard hit from a plunge in the Washington area’s commercial real estate industry, according to the latest report from Jones Lang LaSalle.
Arlington County, particularly the Crystal City area, is taking a hard hit from a plunge in the Washington area’s commercial real estate industry, according to the latest report from the real estate research firm Jones Lang LaSalle. But some firms are willing to bet a turnaround is coming soon. Commercial leases fell by 1.4 million square feet in the first quarter of this year, putting the Washington area at the bottom among real estate markets for major cities. The reason for the losses is somewhat intimidating, but not necessarily surprising. Most result from federal agencies vacating their leased properties. “With Base Realignment and Closure measures beginning to take hold, Crystal City suffered one of the worst quarters on record,” …