The Follow-up File

Cascade Laundry

   Subject: Bob Goodwin, former producer of “The X-Files” TV show and a Bellingham property owner.

   What he said then: In June 2006, Goodwin said he was under contract to purchase the Cascade Laundry Service building at 205 Prospect St., and that he thought the sale would close in August.
   He said he was putting together a redevelopment package for the building, but did not want to disclose the plans until the purchase was final.
   The building was home to the 100-year-old business, Cascade Laundry and Cleaners, which closed at the end of April 2006. The owner of the business and the building, Diana O’Hara, said the decision to close the business and sell the building stemmed from financial problems the company had suffered during the previous seven years.

   What he says now: Goodwin decided not to move forward with the sale and let the contract go last summer, he said. He said a few investors were interested in doing the project with him, but then the real estate market softened, and they pulled out.
   Goodwin tried to find other ways to develop the site, but nothing panned out, and he has now given up the idea of doing anything with the site.
   He said the building is still owned by the O’Haras, who could not be reached for comment.
   Goodwin is now focusing on raising money for the Northwest Discovery Project’s proposed TerrAquarium, which the group hopes to develop on the New Whatcom waterfront.

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