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Plan to ease rooftop-sign restriction in Crystal City draws flak

Community's civic association voices discontent with proposal going to County Board

Despite concerns from the local civic association, Arlington County Board members on Sept. 23 are likely to loosen rooftop-signage rules for two Crystal City buildings.

The staff proposal calls for easing restrictions put in place decades ago at the Crystal Park 3 and Crystal Park 3 office buildings, located at 2011 and 2231 Crystal Drive.

Those restrictions, which narrowly tailor the size and type of signage atop the properties, were imposed as part of site-plan approvals in 2004 and 2006.

“This request is similar to those for other buildings that have also received site-plan-amendment approval in recent years, granting relief from more restrictive rooftop-sign-condition language,” staff said in a memo to County Board members.

The Crystal City Civic Association has voiced opposition to the change, suggesting it violates a benefits-package agreement that was put in place as part of the site plan for the initial approval of the Crystal Park footprint. County-government staff, however, counter that the signage in question is not directly tied to that agreement.

The National Landing Business Improvement District supports the staff proposal.

Under the proposal, which will be subject to a public hearing at the Sept. 23 board meeting, signage would in the future be approved per provisions of the county’s zoning ordinance.