The City’s focus now is on recovery after a fire destroyed the historic Mercantile Building and the Bothell Mall on east Main Street on July 22. The City has set up a Business Assistance Recovery Team (BART), co-located at City Hall with the Fire Marshal’s Office, as a one-stop information and assistance center.
The owner of the Bothell Mall has hired a contractor to demolish the building heavily damaged in this summer’s Main Street fire. Work began on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the Bothell Mall, on the corner of Main Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast. The section of 102nd Avenue Northeast currently closed for safety reasons (just north of the 102nd Avenue bridge) reopened on Thursday, Sept. 8. The building and associated debris are likely to be removed as soon as Friday, Sept. 9.
Demolition is a complex undertaking, given the presence of asbestos in the building, permitting requirements, insurance issues and the building’s proximity to 102nd Avenue. The contractor has been asked to make a reasonable effort to salvage and, to the extent possible, clean the asbestos from any personal effects left in the building.
Demolition of the Bothell Mall building and reopening of 102nd Avenue Northeast are high priorities, especially with school resuming soon. Demolition is the property owner’s responsibility; the City issued an abatement order which required demolition.
NOTE: For safety reasons, the media and the public should avoid the area immediately around the demolition work. Former tenants of the Bothell Mall have been asked to contact Deputy Fire Chief Frank Shasky to arrange for possible recovery of personal items still in the building.
Damaged crane removed
The damaged crane has been removed from the Mercantile Building.
Fundraising for fire victims
The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce and the Northshore Rotary Club have established the Bothell Fire Fund to benefit business owners and their employees who were affected by the July 22 fire. Already the fund has raised more than $60,000. Applications are being accepted until Oct. 15. Get an application and more information: