City Council members Monday night gave initial approval to buy land to move Fire Station No. 4.
The council will vote to approve the $443,000 purchase during its next session May 11. The 4.43 acres at 3377 W. Huntsville Ave., sits just west of where Huntsville becomes White Road with its curve to the north, west of Central Junior High.
The land is about a half mile from the current Station No. 4 at 3420 Elm Springs Road.
The city would buy the property with money from its capital improvement fund, but construction might wait until the city's next bond issue, said Fire Chief Mike Irwin.
"We could purchase the lot and build Station 4 whenever we're ready," said Mayor Doug Sprouse. "We might come up with the money to do it sooner. We're just planning for the future -- we know it needs to be rebuilt. And we're going to get a good location."
The city offered the owner the asking price and it was accepted, Sprouse said. The land is owned by Brandee Madewell, according to the website of the Washington County Assessor.