The charred remnants of the historic Bothell Mall, destroyed in a fire on July 22, have been scheduled for demolition.
Work is set to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6, according to a city news release.
The old building contains asbestos, making it a difficult job for the contractors hired by the owner of the mall. The section of 102nd Ave. NE will remain closed during demolition, but may be opened as soon as Wednesday, Sept. 7.
The building debris could be removed as early as Friday, Sept. 9.
“Demolition of the Bothell Mall building and reopening of 102nd Avenue Northeast are high priorities, especially with school resuming soon,” the release stated.
Bothell Fire Department Chief Bob Van Horne said, because the fire started in the Mercantile building, the Bothell Mall was never investigated for a source. The Alcohol, Tobaco and Firearms (ATF) investigation should be complete within the next two weeks, Van Horne said.
Demolition is the responsibility of the property owner, and is being carried out at the behest of the city of Bothell.