Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
The First Avenue Laundry Center is now closed at 33 First Ave. at Second Street.
As previously reported, the longtime laundromat was to shut down for renovations this fall.
Anne DeVita, the 88-year-old manager who has worked here for 40 years, confirmed the closure. (There aren't any signs indicating any type of closure — temporary or permanent.)
Anne told EVG contributor Stacie Joy that she doesn't know what is happening with the space, just that the owners told her not to come in right now.
Inside the laundromat, the light is on but there isn't any evidence of work taking place.
There has been speculation that this corner is ripe for development... with the long-vacant single-level storefront next door...We're hopeful that First Avenue Laundry Center will reopen ... and Anne will have her seat back inside the front door. (Photo below from September by Stacie Joy.)