Norfolk City Council will consider buying an Ocean View laundromat for $1.8M as part of ‘overall revisioning’ of area

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A beachfront laundromat in West Ocean View might be purchased by Norfolk City Council to expand public beach access. But it could come with a hefty price tag.

The City Council will vote Tuesday to buy the former Soaps n’ Suds laundromat on West Ocean View Avenue for $1.8 million — more than $600,000 above its assessed value. The laundromat, now closed, is next to what used to be Greenie’s, an iconic eatery bought and demolished by the city in 2018 as part of the expansion of Ocean View Beach Park.

Councilman Tommy Smigiel said the city’s proposed purchase of Soaps n’ Suds is part of the “overall revisioning” of the area. The property “will be merged” with the Ocean View Beach Park expansion and could be transformed into additional open space, Smigiel said.

An appraisal of the waterfront laundromat determined it is worth $1.8 million, Smigiel added.

The property is valued at $1.16 million, according to the most recent city assessments.

Norfolk city officials did not immediately respond to questions about the appraisal of the property.

Soaps n’ Suds is owned by Dirty Laundry Properties, which recently entered into a purchase agreement with a company called Level Realty. The city will purchase it from Level Realty once the company completes the acquisition of the property, according the council agenda.

It is unclear what price Level Realty is paying for the property. Multiple attempts to reach the company were unsuccessful.

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