City Council will be asked next week to approve the $1.85 million purchase of the Sofa Super Store site, where nine Charleston firefighters died last June. Mayor Joe Riley had made his intention to purchase the site soon after the fatal fire. In a letter to City Council members Thursday, he asked them to act quickly on the purchase.

“It is very important that this property be acquired and become a forever protected public place,” he said. “We give their families the peace of knowing that this land made sacred by their loved one’s courageous devotion to duty, will become an appropriate place of rememberance and honor of them.”

Riley said he will seek out support for the purchase from state and federal officials and that he will put together a committee to determine the best use of the land. We’re pretty sure it’ll include a park and memorial, but you never know, that could surprise us.