Marion Breaks Ground on New Fire Station/Headquarters
City leaders and Chamber ambassadors will joined members of the Marion Fire Department on Sept. 11 to break ground on the city's third fire station and the department’s new headquarters.
The station will be located at 100 Irish Drive, just south of Tower Terrace Road in Marion.
Population and geographic growth to the north have dictated the need for a third station. It will keep Marion’s response times within the national standard for emergency response times for fire and medical service.
The physical and mental well-being of Marion’s firefighters is at the heart of the facility’s two-story design. It will incorporate biophilic design elements, decontamination and training areas, as well as the department’s administrative offices. The facility also includes a community safe room/storm shelter and the City’s disaster emergency operations center.
Bids were received on Aug. 29 with the lowest bid of $9.3 million submitted by Christner Construction of Ottumwa. The project is expected to be funded with $3.5 million in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funding, GO Bonds and additional funding sources.
The facility is expected to be placed in service in October 2020.