Snohomish County Fire District 21 has purchased land south of Arlington to build a second station.
The five acres on McElroy Road, off Burn Road, cost $121,000. The sale closed Feb. 9.
The price was lower than the assessed value for the property.
“We got it for a smoking hot deal,” Capt. Branden Bates said. “A person obviously could have sold it for a lot more, but they sold it to us.”
At 70 square miles, the rural district has one of the largest geographic spans in the county. Its service area is split by the South Fork Stillaguamish River, and its only fire station is to the north.
If the district builds on the recently purchased property, the new station would be on the other side. The location is settled, but not much else. Before construction starts, district leaders need to make plans to design the building, excavate the land and figure out funding.