Central District

Central District

The Central District development will be a hub for Crystal City, attracting new visitors and residents and serving existing office tenants with a mix of retail, public space, and transit services. The project's purpose is to turn the area into a vibrant gathering spot — complete with approachable and comfortable retail, an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a small format grocer, dynamic public spaces, and a new entrance and public plaza for the Crystal City Metro station. Central District will create a sense of community and bring a true neighborhood feel to Crystal City.


  • Re-purposes existing, recently vacated office building
  • Addition of 120,000 square feet of retail including a movie theater and small format grocer
  • Improved architectural design that adds variety and visual interest
  • Enhances the Crystal Drive streetscape through a redesign and reorientation of the ground level façade
  • Removal of surface parking and loop road to create a 44k+ square foot open space envisioned by the Sector Plan


  • Building vacated in January of 2017
  • County Board approved in October 2018
  • Construction initiated in October 2018
  • Anticipated completion in Winter 2020/2021

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