- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The underground shops in the Crystal City section of Arlington County will be more accessible to the disabled under a deal reached with the Justice Department.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia announced Friday a compliance agreement with real estate developer Vornado/Charles E. Smith, which is responsible for the Crystal City Shops and Crystal City Underground.

The Crystal City development is perhaps best known for a series of tunnels connecting underground and street-level retail in the neighborhood.

A complaint alleged that the corridors violate federal law because of poor accessibility on the pedestrian concourse that spans nearly a dozen blocks in Crystal City.

The agreement requires Vornado to install handrails in the underground tunnels, modify restrooms and make other accessibility improvements.



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