After $12.3M Sale, Longtime Chinese Laundromat Forced from 249-251 Broome Street

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 at 5:17 am by
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The reliable Sun Kwong Laundromat at 251 Broome Street was given its marching orders last week. Alas, its final day serving the neighborhood is tomorrow (May 25). There is a sign on the front door alerting patrons that the business lost their lease.

The laundromat kept the area in clean clothes for more than a decade, and was always crowded with customers. Cheap, too. Now the closest laundromat for residents in the vicinity is at Orchard and Hester.

Its neighbor – two-year-old Zest Asian Food – can’t be too far behind, either. Check out this recent real estate listing we unearthed on Craigslist. Brokers are promising 30 feet of frontage (aka “massive frontage”) which most certainly combines both commercial units comprising 249-251 Broome.

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This latest action should come as no surprise. If you read Boogie, the events playing out here are like a broken record. Mark Silver (aka Broome Partners LLC) shelled out $12.3 million to acquire the six-story walkup buildings last fall. Until this transaction in late October, the property had been under the same ownership for some three decades – seller Kuo Chiang Chang (MHK Realty). So, now the stores are seemingly getting das boot.

Meanwhile, there are several permits in place to update plumbing in several apartments, and “replace gas meters,” according to the Department of Buildings. But neighbors are already lodging complaints about the ongoing work, and the landlord served with at least one ECB violation, per the public records.

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