2250 Crystal Drive / 223 23rd St. S. – Crystal Plaza 5


The 681,168 sq. ft. (15.6 acres) site is located at 2250 Crystal Drive and 223 23rd Street S., in the Crystal City neighborhood. The site is currently occupied by the Crystal Plaza 5 office building at 223 23rd Street S. and a one-story retail building along Crystal Drive. The site is bordered by Crystal Drive to the east, 23rd Street to the south, the WeLive Crystal City apartment and coworking building to the west, and Crystal Plaza Apartments and the 2200 Crystal Drive office building to the north., 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 


The applicant, JBG Smith, proposes to redevelop the site (“Crystal Plaza 5”) and construct two new multifamily residential towers with ground floor retail space.   Additional project details include:

  • Rezoning (#REZN19-00004): to rezone the area of the new site plan for Crystal Plaza 5 from “C-O” Mixed Use District to “C-O Crystal City” Mixed Use Crystal City district.
  • Crystal City Block Plan: Block Plan for “Block M” as required by the proposed rezoning above.
  • Phased Development Site Plan (PDSP) Amendment (SP #454): an amendment to the existing “Crystal City PDSP” (SP #454) to incorporate the new site plan into the PDSP.
  • Site Plan Amendment (# SPLA21-00037, formerly SP #11): site plan amendment to remove 93,732 sq. ft. from the existing SP #11.
  • New Site Plan (#SPLN20-00015, formerly SP #464): a new site plan and development proposal to demolish the existing Crystal Plaza 5 (223 23rd Street S.) and retail shops (2250 Crystal Drive) and construct two (2) new multifamily residential buildings with ground floor retail, totaling approximately 12.01 FAR and including:
    • Site area of 93,732 sq. ft. (2.396 acres)
    • “West Tower” (223 23rd Street S.)
      • 30 stories
      • 613 dwelling units (du)
      • 4,379 sq. ft. of retail
      • 309 feet in height
      • 0.30 parking spaces per du (184 total spaces)
      • 15% compact spaces
    • “East Tower” (2250 Crystal Drive)
      • 30 stories
      • 827 dwelling units (du)
      • 13,059 sq. ft. of retail
      • 304 feet in height
      • 0.30 parking spaces per du (249 total spaces)
      • 13% compact spaces
    • New 8,670 sq. ft. public park space (“Park #10”) on 23rd Street S.
    • New 3,300 sq. ft. public plaza space (“Park #11”) with connection to Crystal Drive
    • Replacement of existing Underground pedestrian concourse segment and new egress location at the Park #11 space
  • Proposed modifications for:
    • Bonus density
    • Density exclusions
    • Required residential parking (0.3 spaces per unit)
    • Required loading spaces 

Applicant Materials

          November 2021

August 2022

         November 2022 

Public Process

  • This project will undergo public review via a virtual Site Plan Review Process. Learn more.
  • The SPRC Chair for the site plan review process is: James Schroll, jmschroll@gmail.com
Timeline Milestone / Meeting Materials
November 1, 2021 Site Plan Acceptance  
Feb. 28 - March 14, 2022

Online Engagement Opportunity (LRPC)


April 11, 2022

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Virtual Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) Meeting 
May 2022 Site Plan Review Process Kick-off  

May 5 - May 16, 2022


Online Engagement Opportunity (SPRC)



 May 12, 2022 On-Site Walking Tour

July 11, 2022

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Virtual Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) Meeting

September 15, 2022

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Virtual Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) Meeting #2 (Hybrid Meeting)


 November 14, 2022 Site Plan Review Committee Update
January 9, 2023 Planning Commission Meeting 
January 21, 2023 County Board Meeting

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

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