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Crystal City’s tallest building proposed

A rendering of 1900 Crystal Drive that shows how the building would look from 20th and South Bell Streets. (Courtesy of Vornado)

Real estate developer Vornado/Charles E. Smith is by far the largest landowner in Crystal City, a difficult position to be in these days given all the government agencies that vacated the area due to the Pentagon’s base realignment and closure effort (BRAC).

Vornado additionally has an empty building in Bailey’s Crossroads and now has 2.4 million square feet of vacant space in the area, according to the Washington Business Journal.

But there is a new plan in place for Crystal City as Vornado works through ideas to renovate or replace some of its existing properties there. The most dynamic was unveiled last week when the company submitted plans (PDF) to Arlington County for a 23-story office tower at what is now 1851 South Bell St.

The new building would be called 1900 Crystal Drive and become the tallest building in Crystal City. Also see a report from the blog

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The view of the building from 18th Street and Crystal Drive. (Courtesy of Vornado)
Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.



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