Crystal City BID could expand ... but how far remains a question

Areas in light pink show current boundaries of Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID). Darker-pink areas are potential zones of expansion for the BID. (Arlington County government)

County Board members on Sept. 21 approved expansion of the geographic boundaries of the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), taking it to 12 million square feet of office space, 1.4 million square feet of retail, 12,000 residential units and 5,500 hotel rooms.

The 5-0 vote adds 76 percent more geographic space to the BID’s current boundaries, incorporating portions of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard.

“Through this BID expansion, we will be much better positioned to ensure our downtown’s growth is accomplished in ways that are sustainable and enhance the area’s diversity and livability,” said Tracy Sayegh Gabriel, executive director of the Crystal City BID.

The proposal had the support of most of the major landowners both within the existing boundaries and in areas to be incorporated into them.

Owners of commercial property within the boundaries of Arlington’s business-improvement districts pay a property-tax surcharge, which is used to fund the organizations’ operations.

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