Crystal City’s ‘restaurant row’ hopeful after Roseland, county planners strike compromise

Arlington County planners and the owner of the Crystal House apartments have struck a deal to turn one of the four proposed buildings in its 798-unit expansion over to the county for affordable housing and public parking.

It’s a change that has brought some hope to owners and operators along Crystal City’s restaurant row of 23rd Street, who, for the last few weeks, have criticized New Jersey-based Roseland Residential Trust’s plan because it could have reduced access to parking spaces the merchants said they need to stay viable.

“We think this is a good but we are still processing it,” said Georgia Papadopoulos, the manager of a trust that owns many of the buildings on the block of 23rd Street.

The deal, which the Arlington County Board must approve, would essentially OK all of the buildings and units that Roseland has requested. But, after board approval, Roseland would give the county the undeveloped land where Building Five is to stand.

The seven-story, 81-unit Building…

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