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Long-vacant Bickford Avenue “train station” for sale

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Depot, the building best known for its 19th century British train station design, is on the market.
It’s at 2606 Bickford Ave. and it’s never been occupied.
The 2011 building is priced at $5.7 million. It sits across from the Snohomish Station shopping complex anchored by Fred Meyer, Kohl’s and The Home Depot.
The lot was recently listed for lease but the owners have decided to sell the 9,660 square foot space to a new operator who can
really let their vision shine, representing Realtor Jeff Tillman explained.
Tillman said the long-vacant property has been the subject of many rumors, but he put them all to rest. “It’s never been a front for the mob,” he said, nor “a tax shelter.”
The Depot is a bona-fide award winner though; it earned a 2012 Honor Award for best new brick building in Washington State.
Area zoning opens the building to a wide variety of uses. Tillman said these might include retail, office space, a medical or dental clinic, event center or even wine tasting.

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Small business events
SNOHOMISH — Small business owners and entrepreneurs packed the first in a series of free, city-sponsored business network events Thursday.
The Jan. 24 Foodpreneur meetup at the Double Barrel Wine Bar invited specialty food producers to “find your recipe for success” by connecting with industry professionals. Speakers included Dream Dinners CEO Darin Leonard and Craig Doan, the chief food scientist at Impact Washington.
The next event will help workers successfully navigate the gig economy. It’s scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21.
A March meetup will focus on podcasting and an April gathering will be tailored to textile makers.
People may want to sign up quickly for the Feb. 21 event: the first meetup drew a crowd of 50 and a waitlist of 20, said Snohomish economic development manager Wendy Poischbeg. Call 360-282-3176 or email for more information.

Boeing Freeway ramp closure
EVERETT — As part of WSDOT’s state Route 526 paving project, contractor crews need to close the ramp from northbound I-5 to westbound state Route 526 (Boeing Freeway) nightly so they can work on expansion joints on the bridge. The closure is through Friday, every night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next day.

Amazon Scout robots on sidewalks
Amazon is testing autonomous robotic delivery rovers on sidewalks and is actively using them to deliver packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, but it is unclear where and the company isn’t saying.
The four-wheeled, blue rovers are capable of moving around obstacles and avoiding collisions.
The devices were created by Amazon, are the size of a small cooler and roll along sidewalks at a walking pace.
“We are delighted to welcome Amazon Scout into our community,” County Executive Dave Somers said in an Amazon blog post. “Similar to Amazon, we are always looking for new ways to better deliver service to our residents. From the latest Amazon innovation to cutting edge technology, Snohomish County is a great place for entrepreneurial creativity.”

Man killed in Broadway fire identified

EVERETT — The man who died in the Jan. 20 fire at 3615 Broadway was identified as Stephen Andvik, 58. The county medical examiner’s office identified that he died of smoke inhalation and the manner of death was identified as an accident. Andvik was the only fatality. KIRO-TV reported from talking with people who knew Andvik that he did not reside in the apartments but was there visiting a friend. The Tribune was unable to independently confirm by press time.
The two-alarm fire broke out in the second-floor apartments above Harvey’s Pub and Grill. It destroyed the upper story, and the bar below has extensive water damage.
The cause and origin of the fire were still under investigation by a joint police and fire team as of late Friday, Jan. 25.

Monroe homelessness task force taking applications
MONROE — The city hopes putting nine to 11 diverse heads together will help end homelessness by establishing a Homelessness Policy Advisory Committee. Applications are being taken through Feb. 11. The application link is on the city homelessness webpage at
For more information, call 360-794-7400 or pick up an application at City Hall at 806. W. Main Street. The mayor will conduct interviews Feb. 21. Meetings should begin in March.

Port receives marine shipping permit that could reduce I-5 traffic

EVERETT — The Port of Everett was notified earlier this month that it received designation by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation that it can participate in the marine highway program.
The new designation means the port can ship non-aerospace freight in containers via a marine highway from Everett to the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Port leaders say this could remove as many as 300 containers on trucks per month from the Interstate 5 corridor. There are 25 marine highways nationally.


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