Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Blue buses will utilize bus-only lanes connecting Crystal City and Potomac Yard.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will call the Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway “Metro Way” and the vehicles utilizing the region’s first network of bus-only lanes will get a blue color scheme, according to Greater Greater Washington. A public survey posted in March was used to help WMATA determined the branding and color scheme. The Route 1 BRT will ultimately connect Braddock Road and Crystal City Metro stations, with a future extension to Pentagon City. Construction began in July 2012. Metro Way is expected to open for service in Spring 2014. • See: Crystal City-Potomac Yard Transitway to Open in Spring 2014 The MetroBus 9S route will utilize the transitway, as will a new 9X route. The buses will run every six …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A man reportedly concealed merchandise and ran away from a drugstore in Crystal City.
The Arlington County Police Department is looking for a person who they believe attempted to rob the CVS in the 2400 block of South Jefferson Davis Highway on Wednesday. A CVS employee confronted a man after seeing him conceal merchandise, according to police. “A chase ensued and the suspect assaulted the store employee, allowing him to flee the scene,” according to police. Police described the man as being in his 20s, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a Chicago Blackhawks hat, a gray-and-purple striped shirt, faded black or gray jeans and black-and-white Nike sneakers with a black Nike swoosh on the sides. Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Robert …
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 …