The Crystal City BID

THE CRYSTAL CITY BID

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a non-profit organization established as a public-private partnership with Arlington County in 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. Funded by a special tax paid by property owners within the BID’s boundaries that amounts to a $2.5 million budget, the Crystal City BID is governed by a Board of Directors elected by its membership comprised of more than 40 property owners. The BID is supporting Crystal City’s exciting transformation and attractiveness as an urban center through six core service areas: 1) Administration & Management; 2) Community Events & Outreach; 3) Economic Development; 4) Marketing & Promotion; 5) Public Realm & Beautification; and 6) Transportation. The following fact sheets provide a more detailed overview of Crystal City and the greater Crystal City submarket that includes Pentagon City, Potomac Yard-Arlington, and the Pentagon.

WHAT IS A BID?

A Business Improvement District (BID) is a public/private partnership in which property and business owners elect to make a collective contribution to the maintenance, development and promotion of a commercial district. There are many similar downtown management organizations throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area and across the country. The International Downtown Association is an excellent resource to learn more about Downtown Management Organizations.

WHY FORM A BID?

BIDs typically form to address specific challenges facing property owners and local government that cannot be solved unilaterally.

HOW IS A BID FUNDED?

Upon establishment of a BID, property owners within the established BID boundary are subject to an additional tax assessment that funds the work plan approved by the organization’s governing body.

HOW IS THE CRYSTAL CITY BID FUNDED

The Crystal City BID is funded through a special tax assessed on properties within the BID boundary of 4.3 cents per $100 of assessed value. For FY2019, the Crystal City BID budget is approximately $2.58 million.

WHAT AREAS ARE INCLUDED IN THE CRYSTAL CITY BID BOUNDARY?

The Crystal City BID’s boundary covers approximately 240 acres bounded generally by the
George Washington Memorial Parkway to the east; South Eads Street to the west (but including 23rd Street between South Fern and South Eads Street); I-395 to the North and Potomac Yard - Arlington to the south. View this map of the BID Boundary for additional clarity.

HOW IS THE CRYSTAL CITY BID GOVERNED?

The Crystal City BID is governed by a board of directors elected by the property owners within the BID boundary at the annual meeting. The board of directors is responsible for general organizational governance including approval of the annual work plan and budget as well as general fiscal oversight. Members of the board of directors can be property owners, business representatives, tenants, and other individuals with an interest in the trajectory and success of the organization and the area. Visit this page for a list of this year’s Crystal City BID board of directors.