(Plain Press, March 2014) Residents of the Clark Fulton neighborhood, joined with staff of the Stockyards, Clark Fulton Brooklyn Center Community Development office, Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins, and other guests to celebrate the grand opening of Express Laundry Center at 4401 Clark Avenue on Tuesday, February 11th. Express Laundry Center owner Joe Olivo served as host to a party that featured food and door prizes.
Kassandra Fuentes, age 2, sitting in her grandmother Jessica Davila’s lap, helped to pick names of the door prize winners. Maritza Bosque, who won the grand prize, a TV, says she is very happy to see the laundry open. She lives close by and has eight children and uses the new laundry frequently.
Olivo, who taught English, Math and Special Education at Max Hayes for 14 years, opened the Express Laundry Center after an extensive rehabilitation that involved taking out floors, as well as removing walls joining the Federal Bank Building and the building just west of it on Clark Avenue to form the new laundry center.
Mike Grimes of M & M Construction, a long-time friend of Olivo, says he did the work on the building except for the electrical and plumbing. He said he put a new roof on both buildings, took out the existing floor and walls, and lowered the ceilings. He said it took 192 tons of gravel to fill the empty space under the new floor. The old vault from Federal Bank now serves as an office. Olivo plans two one floor apartments that will eventually be for rent above the Express Laundry Center.
The new laundry has a large number of washing machines on one side and a large number of dryers on the other side. The dryers include heavy-duty machines that can handle multiple loads. Maria Soucek, Economic Development Coordinator for the Stockyard, Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre Community Development Office said, “Mr. Olivo is making an investment in our community by providing an outstanding and much needed service to our residents. His renovation of this building serves as a benchmark for the revitalization of this neighborhood.”