Bethel City Council gave the go ahead for the acting city manager to negotiate a contract with Byung Sun Park for use of the old laundromat. Council had voted to demolish the building earlier this year, but Park offered to remodel it and re-open a laundromat.
"Someone wants to pony up a bunch of money to try to improve that laundromat, I say go for it," said council member Mitchell Forbes.
Park wrote to the council that he is a certified washer and dryer and dry-cleaning technician. He also said that he is aware of the fire damage in the building. Park estimates that it will take him nine months and $60,000 in renovations to get the old laundromat up and running. There is currently only one laundromat in Bethel, at AC Quick Stop.