PLAINFIELD, NJ – Neighbors in Plainfield’s Netherwood section will have a new laundromat to use later this fall as the city’s planning board gave the business the green light to move forward with construction plans.   

Representatives for 1322 South Ave. Enterprises, LLC appeared before the board on Thursday seeking a change-in-use variance so they could include former restaurant space as part of the design for the 40 washer/44 dryer facility that will also occupy space where another laundromat once operated.

Located in a strip mall at 1314-1326 South Ave. near the Italian Village and Leland Ave., engineers, attorneys and professional planners for the 3,244 square foot business presented architectural plans to show, among other concerns how the space will be developed to include handicapped accessible bathrooms and additional entryways along with recommended exhaust vents for the dryers and other areas.

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“The new laundromat will feature energy efficient machines in a well-lit, modern facility equipped with 36 security cameras,” said CEO Kevin Adkins who, with his partners own and operate six laundromats in other New Jersey towns including Irvington, Newark, Bloomfield, and Belleville.

“We will have wash and fold services and delivery services with a small van,” which he said customers will be able to book using a cloud-based app.

And instead of coin operated machines, the new laundromat will use a reloadable keycard type system so customers won’t have to fumble with feeding quarters as they wash and dry their clothes, he said.

While planners for the project said the demographics of the Netherwood Redevelopment District support the need for a laundry facility of this size, one resident expressed concerns about noisy dumpster trash pickups that used to happen in the middle of the night when other businesses occupied the space.

“I would ask that the dumpsters be picked up early morning or late in the day, but not 3 o’clock in the morning,” he said.

As the board voted to allow the business to convert the restaurant space into laundry use, chairman Ron Scott Bey assured the resident that this would be added to the list of conditions the applicant would have to fulfill in order to open its doors which they project to be this November, 2019.