By Megan Rebecca

A former laundromat will be the site of a swanky rooftop bar and restaurant in Old Town Pompano.

The “Wash House” is located at the corner of N. Flagler Avenue and NE 1st Street. Right now, it is a vacant building, but it in the 1900s this area was home the city’s first general store, according to the Pompano Beach Historical Society. The area continues to remain vital to the city’s history, according to Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Director. “This site is a critical location for the creation of a thriving food and beverage destination,” he said in a blog on the city’s website.

The vacant space will transform into a 6,000-square-foot restaurant with rooftop seating, inside and outside dining, and space for entertainment.

The city plans to make a number of improvements including rebuilding the outside of the structure, installing new windows and doors, and improving the roof. The CRA purchased the building for $1.2 million in September 2019. The organization then demolished the interior leaving just dirt floors.

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