Co-working spaces are here to stay. WeWork is the leading co-working office space movement, offering shared amenities, flexible space, and community programming to companies and individuals. The New York-based company is now exploring using principles of their co-working spaces for residences.
Washington, DC is already home to three successful WeWork locations — Chinatown (pictured above), Dupont Circle, and the old Wonder Bread factory. They plan to bring WeLive to Arlington, and as part of the process, they have just made a site plan amendment for their upcoming development at 2221 S. Clark Street.
Urban Turf DC reports that the Arlington County Manager is recommending that the County Board approve a site plan amendment for WeWork’s planned residential development in Crystal City. The amendment would allow for two floors of the building to be used for WeWork office space.
The Arlington County Board had different plans for Crystal Plaza 6 last July. They intended to turn the vacant office building in Crystal City into a 252-unit, micro apartment project from Vornado/Charles E. Smith and communal office developer WeWork. If the amendment is approved, the number of residential units would be reduced to 216.
The County Board is expected to accept the County Manager’s plan. The number of units is not being drastically reduced through the amendment and this is an opportunity for Arlington County to be a pioneer in the concept of more affordable work-live development. It also provides a higher density of housing while maintaining a comfortable and safe living standard — all with the potential for lower environmental impact.