On March 9, Office of Economic Development (OED) Director Brian Surratt, toured the Greenwood neighborhood with Mayor Ed Murray to assess the damage caused by an overnight gas explosion.
Seattle Fire estimated more than 30 businesses had damage as a result of the explosion.
The Mayor and department heads met with business owners to update them on the status of their businesses and how the City was responding.
Several steps were taken immediately. As of Wednesday afternoon, Seattle Fire was going through the area with building inspectors to assess the safety of the buildings near the explosion. The mayor increased police presence in the neighborhood to help protect assets that were left vulnerable after windows were shattered. The Office of Economic Development and the Department of Neighborhoods began community outreach. Additional services by multiple departments were also underway.
Currently, our office is providing the following assistance:
- We’re working with businesses to complete the Washington State Economic Injury Worksheet. Once five businesses have completed the paperwork, it will help open up SBA Disaster Loan funds, which are low-interest loans
- Staff will be working with businesses one-on-one to help identify and troubleshoot their individual needs. This could include help with permitting, help with relocation if that’s appropriate, and help with any other needs we have not anticipated.
- We’re promoting the work of the PNA Business Advisory Group, who is organizing fundraisers, volunteers and more
- We stood up a website that will be regularly updated with information and resources as they become available
- We’re advising businesses and residents to share details of damage with PSE’s claim line: 1-888-225-5773
Businesses are encouraged to reach out to our office so we can provide support and connect them with services. Contact information and more are available here.