Tour: Rethinking Building Design, Public Transit, and Open Spaces in Arlington

APA National Capital Area Chapter


Friday, August 26, 2016
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

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* Experience how a once desolate one-way street of office buildings and parking facades was transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian-focused streetscape alive with a mix of new restaurants, public spaces, transit options, parks and retail.

* Hear from the people who helped make it happen. The tour will be led by County staff, property owners, and the design teams. The tour begins and ends at the Crystal City Metro Station. The tour proceeds south (via the Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway) to Potomac Yard/National Gateway (Site #1) where County staff will provide an overview of the open space, environmental restoration efforts, and transit initiatives being led by Arlington County in collaboration with The City of Alexandria. Next, the tour will proceed north up Crystal Drive with brief talks highlighting the transformation of the Crystal City office park into a vibrant, mixed-use corridor, including examples of how commercial buildings have been converted to micro-unit, live/work units and how to modernize a 1960s facade. The tour will conclude at Long Bridge Park where County staff will explain how 28 acres of industrial brownfield was transformed into an attractive, environmentally sound showplace for community recreation and outdoor events. Transportation will be provided between tour stops on the newly completed Crystal City Potomac Yard Transitway.