In 2005, the Department of Defense’s Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) ordered a huge number of DOD Crystal City offices to close in 2011. As a result, 3.2 million square feet of local office space will soon be vacant.

In the last two years, a group of local stakeholders—-you know the type: property owners, residents, developers, leasers—-have created a plan for the area’s future. According to today’s Washington Business Journal, “The Arlington County Board voted Dec. 13 to adopt the framework, which will guide urban design, transportation and open space creation in Crystal City over the next four decades.” Here are some highlights from the proposal:

  • An addition of 7,500 new apartments and condos.
  • “A light rail system would connect points between Alexandria, Crystal City and Pentagon City, and then run out Columbia Pike to the Skyline neighborhood.”
  • The construction of “taller buildings — up to 300 feet — in areas such as east of Jefferson Davis Highway and adding 65 new or redeveloped buildings by 2050.”

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