Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (center) and Bothell Mayor Andy Rheaume (right) tour the area of downtown Bothell damaged by a July 22 fire on Aug. 10. Matt Phelps / Bothell Reporter

Inslee endorses Bothell’s bid for state grant

In the wake of a late-July fire in Bothell which destroyed a dozen businesses and damaged many more, Gov. Jay Inslee has endorsed the city's bid for a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant to continue downtown development.

In the wake of a late-July fire in Bothell which destroyed a dozen businesses and damaged many more, Gov. Jay Inslee has endorsed the city’s bid for a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) grant to continue downtown development.

In a letter written Aug. 11, Inslee asked Steve Gorchester, Executive Director of the TIB to approve grant investment to the city which would assist in transit-related projects, including creating public spaces, improving crosswalks and pedestrian walk ways and assist in traffic congestion relief.

Inslee toured city Aug. 10 and met with city leaders and state legislators to discuss the next steps for the city following the July 22 blaze which destroyed two historic buildings and damaged many more.

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