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Release Date: Aug 30, 2012

Crystal City Metro Entry Gets Convenient, Colorful Upgrade

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Jordan Stinnett,

August 30, 2012

w: (202) 207-3662, c: (239) 938-4960

Crystal City Metro Entry Gets
Convenient, Colorful Upgrade

Groundbreaking Ceremony:
Tuesday, September 4, 10:00 A.M

Arlington, Va. – The Crystal City METRO will soon have an even more convenient and colorful entryway. The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Vornado /Charles E. Smith, Arlington County, WMATA, and ADI Construction, will break ground on September 4th at 10:00 a.m. on an enhancement that will create an especially comfortable commute for the more than 26,000 riders who use the Crystal City METRO station each day.

The upgrade will create an urban plaza complete with an expanded pedestrian zone, pleasant seating areas, and fresh landscaping. Construction is estimated to take six to eight weeks giving residents, employees, and visitors to Crystal City a new METRO entrance by mid-October.

“The METRO enhancement represents the overall transformation in Crystal City,” said Angela Fox, president of the Crystal City BID. “Crystal City now has nationally-renowned theater, upscale restaurants and fun events, like wine festivals, cycling races and fashion shows. The METRO upgrade is another way to showcase the vibrancy and accessibility of Crystal City.”

The METRO upgrade is the latest in a series of enhancements to Crystal City gateways – entrances that thousands of people use daily to access Crystal City. The southern gateway at the intersection of Route 1 and Crystal Drive recently got a new look with fresh landscaping and LED lighting features.

WHAT: Crystal City METRO Upgrade Groundbreaking
WHO: Mary Hynes, Chair, Arlington County Board
Mitchell Schear, President Vornado / Charles E. Smith
Angela Fox, President, Crystal City BID
WHEN: Tuesday, September 4, 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Crystal City METRO station entrance at 1750 South Bell Street,
Arlington, Va. METRO: Take Blue or Yellow line to Crystal City.
PHOTO OPS: The groundbreaking team will have sledge hammers on hand as a ceremonial gesture.
MEDIA: Media who wish to attend should contact Jordan Stinnett at, w: (202) 207-3662, c: (239) 938-4960.
MORE: Please visit to learn more.


About the Crystal City Business Improvement District

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit