Port Townsend: Scout House property up for sale; cabin scheduled to be torn down

PORT TOWNSEND — The land at Quincy and Cosgrove streets known as the Scout House property has been put up for sale and the 73-year-old cabin is slated to be razed.

Asking price of the six parcels carved from the property totals nearly $2.25 million — land that developer Vern Garrison bought four months ago from the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America for $480,000.

The individual plats, 5,000 to 10,000 square feet each, range in price from $249,000 to $475,000.

RE/MAX FIRST broker Charlie Arthur of Port Townsend said he officially placed the land up for sale Thursday.

Seeing the property go onto the open market was a blow to a group of citizens which has worked to save the site and rustic cabin, often called the Scout House because of its use by Boy Scouts for decades.

“I think in 20 years there would be no question what we do to preserve our heritage,” Friends of the Scout House member Judith Bird said. “But I don’t know if that’s what’s going to happen now.

“Preservation is still the hope and that is still the vision.”

Cabin overlaps parcels

When a buyer comes along, the 73-year-old cabin will be torn down, Arthur said.

The cabin overlaps four of the six parcels. If someone wanted to buy the property to save the Scout House, they’re looking at an asking price of nearly $1.3 million.

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