New Marion Police Station Unveiled


By Evie Allen

MARION -- Marion police will soon move into a new building. The old Army Reserve Training Center has been remodled.

Wednesday morning the department held a ribbon cutting for its headquarters and showed off the facility to city leaders and the public.

There was plenty of anticipation as people walked through the doors of the new Marion police station.

"I'm very excited. We waited a long time for this," says police chief Dawn Tondini.

Tondini says the department has outgrown its current building which is 7,000 square feet. The new facility is more than triple that.

"My guys and girls that are working at the police department, we're just all extremely excited and can't wait to get in and get to work," she says.

Former police chief John Eibeck has been spear-heading the project since 2006. One of the biggest changes is the new spacious, high tech dispatch center.

"You see it on paper and you envision it in your head but to actually walk in there and see what's been accomplished ,it's just almost beyond belief," shares Eibeck.

The building used to be home to the Army Reserves, until 2005. George Pizanowski worked there for almost 24 years.

"To see what they've done with this, I can see why they're so excited about moving here," says Pizanowski.

He says the place needed lots of repairs so he's happy to see the transformation.

"There's just a lot of emotions going through right now because I'm happy to see what the city has been able to do with this building and what this building has become."

The nearly $2 million project includes seven bathrooms, four showers and even a safe room for the public in case of emergencies.

"I can not hardly believe the physical change that has occurred to the inside of this building. It's just been absolutely astounding," says Eibeck.

It's located along Route 13 which will help improve response time.

"We want to provide them the best service we can, out of this building," says Tondini.

The new Marion police headquarters will officially open on May 28.

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