Main Street Fire Recovery
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.
SBA offers disaster assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Main Street Fire. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received on Oct. 19 from Gov. Jay Inslee.
Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact Jennifer Shelton at the WSBDC by telephone at (425) 640-1435 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for an appointment.
Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.