Owners of businesses along Crystal City’s restaurant row were able to get the ear of county officials Monday after raising concerns over the Crystal House expansion, which they say will hurt their livelihoods — but it’s not clear they are any closer to solving the parking situation the development would create for them.
At issue: New Jersey-based Roseland Residential Trust’s plan to redevelop Crystal House apartments, which includes a new building, the 80-unity Crystal House Five. It would supplant a 95-space parking lot at the corner of South Eads and 22nd Street South which is currently used by employees and customers of the merchants located on 23rd Street’s restaurant row. Roseland is offering some parking for the merchants, but it would likely be a net loss for the businesses.
Owners of those restaurants along the strip started ramping up their opposition to the Crystal House plans in October, arguing they had not been properly consulted about the project’s impacts of the project.…Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.