In another sign of the rapid change taking place in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood, Mark’s Cleaners has sold its property and is telling customers they will be relocated by Jan. 1.
Mark’s, owned by Mark and Ellen Friedman, has been in the neighborhood since 1953 at Alton Road and 20th Street. With their dry cleaning plant at that location, they can turn around clothing in a day (for a 10 percent surcharge).
In a letter to customers, Mark Friedman says the dry cleaning site and an adjacent property (site of a started but never finished small condo) have been “acquired by a prominent international group” that plans to “proceed apace to build an upscale condo and retail complex.”
(Update: Frank Kruszewski Frank Kruszewski, a Sunset Harbour condo board member, notes on Facebook that “no applications have been submitted to the city for any project at the site. The Planning Board and the DRB will have to approve any project on the site.”)
This is directly across 20th Street from the Riverside Gordon Funeral home, 1920 Alton Rd., which was sold and closed earlier this year.
Friedman said that when the condo and retail complex is built, in about two years, “Mark’s intends to return with a retail store at this, our historic corner.”
In the meantime, Mark’s will shift to two retail locations — one at the site of North Beach Cleaners in the shopping center on Alton Road between 17th Street and Dade Boulevard that houses Macaluso’s, and at the Mansion Center on 51st Street one block east of Alton Road. There also will be pickup and delivery for regular customers.
Plant operations will shift to Rey’s Cleaners in Miami.