1400 Richmond Highway (Americana Hotel)


The 1.41 acre (61,473 square feet) site is located at 1400 Richmond Highway in the Crystal City neighborhood. The site is currently occupied by the former Americana Hotel building, which closed in December 2020. The site is bordered by the Embassy Suites hotel to the north, Richmond Highway to the east, Paramount Apartments to the south, and Amazon’s HQ2 at Metropolitan Park to the west., Arlington, VA 22202  View Map

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This reports the status related to Site Plan Review Process only (Administrative Regulation 4.1).

About the Project



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Project Details:

The applicant, JBG Smith, proposes the demolition of the former Americana Hotel building and the development of a 19-story residential building with ground floor retail. The proposal consists of a 639-unit building with approximately 527,128 square feet of total gross floor area (8.64 FAR). 

Additional project details include:

  • Rezoning from RA-H-3.2, Multiple-Family Dwelling and Hotel District to C-O Crystal City, Mixed Use Crystal City District
  • Located within the Crystal City Coordinated Redevelopment District (GLUP Note 1)
  • 639 new units
  • 3,885 sf of ground floor retail GFA
  • 394 total parking spaces (including 188 on-site residential and visitor parking spaces and 206 off-site parking spaces at the Bartlett Apartments)

Proposed modifications for:

  • Reduced residential and retail parking ratios
  • Reduced loading space
  • Bonus density 
  • Density exclusions

Applicant Materials

September 13, 2022 (Acceptance Date)

Permit Arlington Application (SPLN22-00004)

Background Information

Application documents

September 13, 2022

October 12, 2022

January 23, 2023

March 10, 2023 (4.1 Plan Resubmission)

Public Process

Timeline | 2022-2023

Timeline Milestone / Meeting Materials

June 14, 2022

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Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting (Virtual)

Agenda Topic: Podium and tower separation in relation to potential redevelopment on adjacent sites

September 13, 2022

Site Plan Acceptance
September 30, 2022 Site Plan Review Process Kick-off
October 17-27, 2022 Online Engagement Opportunity 

Review focus: Density, Site Design; Building Height, Form & Architecture; Transportation; Open Space & Landscaping

November 28, 2022

View Meeting Recording

Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) Meeting #1 (Hybrid)
Agenda Topics: Site Design & Layout; Building Height, Form & Architecture; Open Space & Landscaping

February 13, 2023

View Meeting Recording

Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) Meeting #2 (Hybrid)
Agenda Topics: Project Updates; Transportation; Green Building & Sustainability; Community Benefits
April 10, 2023

Planning Commission
Public Hearing

April 22, 2023

County Board
Public Hearing

 *Process timelines are subject to change as needs arise. Check back for updates. 

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