Thursday, November 12, 2009

Swann Cleaners Closes

You're going to have to find a new laundromat to wash your duvet: Swann Cleaners, located at the corner of 14th and Swann streets, has closed. "Permanently," so says the sign on the door.













I've been unable to obtain any information as to why they closed, but there is speculation that the closure indicates that JBG's much-anticipated project at the former Whitman-Walker building is moving forward. The project has been hung up for months due to the ever-present "financial issues". Although the centerpiece of the project will be the renovation of the W-W building, plans are calling for JBG to develop the entire block between S and Swann.

Although Swann was one of the few laundromats in the immediate area, not all neighbors may be mourning its demise. The property was in horrible shape and poorly maintained, and trash was frequently allowed to accumulate around the building. Still, the departure marks the loss of yet another small business along the corridor.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does this mean they will finally remove the pigeon coops, oops, awnings from the building,

Anonymous said...

Is there still a nearby laundromat? It's been many years, but when my washing machine went down that's where I needed to go.

Anonymous said...

2 days ago, I saw what looked like either an Architect or Engineer with clipboard and tape measure documenting existing conditions. Definitely looks like activity on the development front.

Shaw Rez said...

There's a laundromat at 11th and Rhode Island Avenue. I've never actually walked inside, but it appears well used (though very shabby looking also).

Anonymous said...

Just to manage expectations… barring unforeseen circumstances construction should start in 6 to 9 months.

Claude Henry Smoot said...

I hope they put in a wine bar and tapas place. The neighborhood really needs one of those.

Or I guess a crepe place would be cool too.

Anonymous said...

I support any type of new business that will infuriate the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. If it makes Mr. Estrada crazy, that would be an added bonus!

Anonymous said...

The laundromat at 11th and Rhode is well kept and you can wash your car while waiting.

Alex said...

Another milestone in the yuppification of 14th...

King said...

I have a small warehouse at 917 V ST that is available for lease. Would be cool space for a art gallery, art studio, yoga studio, retail, etc. Trying to keep it for local, small businesses. Let me know if you'd like any more information.
kingdavidson@gmail.com

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Mr. 14th & You said...

Guys-

Just a reminder: please do not post any personal attacks in the comments--they will be deleted.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yea! I despise that building!