2.15.2010

Mini laundromat in works on Phila Street

360 Broadway, the historic building that sits at the top of Phila Street, has swapped out its art gallery for a mini laundromat, the owner says.

Steve Chindamo, 46, bought the building that housed Sorelle Gallery — before it moved to the Shoe Depot — in the summer of 2008. He has named it the Chindamo Building.

If all goes well with the city Zoning Board next week, Chindamo plans to open the small space at 6 Phila St. as a commercial wash-and-dry, called Sara and Rob’s Laundromat.

With Cudney’s on South Broadway and S&S Friendly Laundry Services on Church Street, Chindamo says he hopes his position between them will draw downtown residents who have dirty clothes but who may not have cars.

Five washing machines and eight dryers were installed earlier this month and he expects to open for business by the end of February.

“It’ll be enough to service people that live in the immediate area so they don’t have to walk or drive to the closest laundromat, about 1 mile away,” Chindamo said.

A retired teacher from New York City, Chindamo moved his family to Saratoga Springs when he bought the property from downtown real estate titan Mark Straus in 2008.

“I bought it for an investment and also because I love Broadway in Saratoga,” Chindamo said. “It’s a piece of history. To be part of that is fantastic.”

The building houses 11 apartments and eight retail tenants, including Cole’s Woodwind Shop and James and Sons Tobacconists.

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