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Crystal City plan to be reviewed

A working street grid, more public parks, enhanced multi-modal transportation and a mix of housing are all included in plans to create a new Crystal City.

The Arlington County Board is expected to discuss and pass the Crystal City Sector Plan at their board meeting this evening. The redevelopment plans, created in response to the loss of about 17,000 jobs and millions of square feet of empty office space because of BRAC relocations, allow more density, include future designs and guide policy for the next 40 years.

To pay for an estimated $207 million in infrastructure, the county board will also set a public hearing to discuss a new tax policy and fund. The tax increment financing, or TIF, would allocate a portion of the real estate property taxes in Crystal City, Potomac Yard and Pentagon City and dedicate it to a fund used solely for new streets, a Route 1 streetcar line and other infrastructure improvements in the corridor.

County officials estimate that a TIF on one-third of the area's property taxes could generate $82 million to $112 million in six years, depending on construction schedules in the area.

By Christy Goodman  | September 28, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  BRAC, Northern Virginia  
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You seem to be missing the traffic implications. The plan calls for a 60% increase in density. There is also a huge amount of development planned for Potomac Yard, Pentagon City and the North Tip. The county government says there will not be any increase in traffic--how can that be? It sounds like gridlock to me. Also, about the additional public parks--the plan calls for about an acre of additional open space. Basing the need for all of this on BRAC and making taxpayers foot the bill for planning is wrong. Back to traffic, various trolley and bus lines have been tried in Crystal City, some of them free, but they didn't work.

Posted by: AuroraHillsDenizen | September 28, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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