Developers Outline Flexible Open Space Vision for New Potomac Yard

If the vision presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission last Thursday remains through the development, Potomac Yard could be rife with flexible open space.

At the commission meeting, representatives of developer JBG SMITH and Virginia Tech outlined plans for flexibles spaces that could be used equally for casual strolls or busy markets.

Robert Brant, the developers, described the development’s centerpiece “market lawn” as a flexible open area designed with markets and seasonal pop-ups in mind. Brant said part of the plans include flexibility to expand those events into adjacent streets to create larger market or event spaces…

Long-Awaited Bowlero Rolls Into Crystal City

After years of planning and some delays, Bowlero (320 23rd Street S.) in Crystal City is ready to rock and bowl.

The combination bowling alley and restaurant has hit a few snags, not the least of which was the most recent global pandemic, and staff said that’s also impacted the business’s opening.

Alan Morrison, district manager for Bowlero, said that after yesterday’s ribbon-cutting around 25 customers came in the early afternoon to bowl, drink, or play in the arcade. In other circumstances that might have seemed…

Developer Proposes Converting Part of Planned Office Complex into Apartments

long-delayed development project in the Potomac Yard area is likely to go back before the Arlington County Board this year with some changes.

Developer Meridian is expected to seek a modification to the earlier plan to build four office buildings on the empty plot of land along Richmond Highway, south of Crystal City, known as Potomac Yard Land Bay C.

The site plan was originally approved in 2007, per our earlier reporting, to include four buildings over an underground parking garage. It includes more than 1 million square feet of office space, 41,000 square feet of retail space and…

What’s ‘Missing Middle Housing’ Anyway?

Arlington County is in the midst of a “Missing Middle Housing Study,” to determine whether legalizing additional housing types in certain areas could  “address the shortage of housing supply in Arlington.”

So what is “missing middle housing” anyhow?

It’s described by Opticos Design, whose founder claims to have coined the term, as “a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types — compatible in scale with detached single-family homes — that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.”

Alternately, Wikipedia describes it as “multi-unit housing types such as…

Will Amazon’s HQ2 Trigger a Housing Market Frenzy?

Speculation is rampant. Here’s what the numbers show so far.

Kim Dean is ready to downsize. Her daughter is heading to college, her husband is hoping to retire and she’s looking to trade gloomy Virginia winters for sun-kissed tropical places. In a typical real estate market, Dean wouldn’t hesitate to sell her six-bedroom home on the border of Falls Church and McLean. But in today’s Amazon-influenced market, she’s not…

CBRE’s Hana Makes East Coast Debut in JBG Partnership

CBRE’s newly launched flexible office space unit, Hana, is opening its first outpost on the East Coast via a roughly 40,000-square-foot presence in JBG Smith’s 2451 Crystal Drive in Arlington, Va.

The firm has partnered to take nearly 39,000 square feet at JBG’s 11-story, 400,000-square-foot office property in National Landing. Like Hana’s other locations in Dallas and Irvine, Calif., the space will offer…