A building designed to be a laundromat in downtown Polo will soon be restored to its original purpose.
In the process, Polo residents will again have such a facility in town after several years without one.
Christopher Eaton, Savanna, began construction last month on the property he bought last summer at 114 N. Division Ave.
He purchased the property from Robert Karrow, who used the buildings as a warehouse and headquarters for his plumbing business for many years.
The construction crew has already demolished a portion of the buildings on the property and are now building a new one and remodeling an existing one.
Eaton plans for the existing building to be a laundromat as it was formerly, while the new building will house a two-bay car wash.
"It's pretty neat that it was a laundromat," Eaton said Monday. "It's obvious that's what it was designed for. You could still see the lines on the floor where the old machines sat."
Eaton told the city council in August that he planned to have the car wash in operation by Thanksgiving and the laundromat finished by the end of 2012.
However, unsuitable weather, the holidays, and a mountain of paperwork have delayed the project by several months.
"There was a lot of paperwork to get the funding in place," Eaton said. "It took a lot of time to get all the i's dotted and the t's crossed."
Eaton, who owes a laundromat in Savanna, said he anticipates that both facilities will be up and running by early spring.
By then, he said, he hopes to have the buildings completed and the parking area black-topped.
City council members have expressed enthusiastic support for the project.
The city hasn't had a laundromat since the Fluff 'n' Fold closed more than three years ago to make way for the Dollar General Store on Dixon Street.
Currently, the city also does not have a car wash.