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“I ask all your readers who live nearby or use my store to be aware of their surroundings at all times”

by Prince Of Petworth January 7, 2016 at 12:05 pm 26 Comments

logan_laundry
11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW via Logan Circle Laundromat

“Dear PoPville,

I am the owner of Logan Circle Laundromat (1100 Rhode Island Ave, NW) and I wanted to email you regarding changes that many Logan Circle residents should be aware of.

I took over the property and business five years ago. I’m sure many recall how unsightly the property was. After a year of renovation we have what you see today. The majority of feedback I’ve received from residences has been extremely positive and much appreciated. However, local residences and customers should be aware of recent changes.

A month ago Metro Laundromat located at 1400 Rhode Island Ave, NE closed down (large store open 24/7). Their property is under development and the laundromat will reopen, however until they do a majority of their customers have come to Logan Circle Laundromat. Since then my business has experienced an increase in problematic customers as well as loitering. Since Metro Laundromat closed down I’ve had a new customer break down and vandalize my bathroom. It cost me $1,400 in repairs. A few days later I had a new customer throw a rock at my storefront window. It cost me $300 in repairs.

My workers have also noticed an increase in loitering outside the store. I have done my best to remove loitering and solicitation off the property. Prior to me taking over the property/business illegal activity was the norm. It took several months but after working with MPD and being vigilante with security cameras I have been able to remove almost all illegal activity. However, I fear the influx of new customers could potentially increase crime and illegal activity not only for my store but for local residences and customers.

I ask all your readers who live nearby or use my store to be aware of their surroundings at all times. Thefts within my store have increased (smartphones, wallets, etc). Please call 911 if you see ANY suspicious activity. I’m grateful to have a good relationship with MPD who have assisted me with several incidences. It is my goal to keep Logan Circle Laundromat a safe and professional business for years to come. With a little help from local residents and customers I know this achievable.

Thank you,
Henry
Owner of Logan Circle Laundromat”

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