Thanks to readers Frank and Lexi for asking about the Metro Laundromat at 1400 Rhode Island Ave NE that was torn down late this summer. Currently there are construction vehicles on the property and a sign that says “Laundry Closed For Renovation, Re-Open Summer 2016”.
According to the DCRA website, there was a zoning review for a proposed “6,534 sf laundromat/retail building” and in May 2015 there was a “zoning approval for an one-story addition to an existing laundromat…for a new retail addition. total gfa of proposed building: 6,534 sf…a total of 23 parking spaces provided .” In October 2015 the site was also approved for “a prepared food shop”.
We also reached out to the ANC Commissioner for that area (5B03), Michael Morrison and Kyle Todd, Executive Director at RIA Main Street NE who both confirmed that current plans call for re-building the laundromat with a 7-11 alongside it. We will let you know when we hear anything new.