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Students Bring New Life to Century-Old Home

Linn-Mar and Marion students are learning a little history as they work together to refurbish a home that’s nearly as old as the city of Marion itself. Their latest project, a home, at 2095 3rd avenue in Marion, is featured in city records that date back to the 1800s.

After all that time, the home was understandably in need of a little work.  MEDCO, the Marion Economic Development Corporation, bought the property as part of its Community Promise initiative.  Working with the city of Marion, donations from local companies, and the support of the two school districts, the students and their instructor do a lot of problem-solving to help bring a distressed property back up to current building codes and ready for a new family to move in.

Mayor and studentsParents, project contributors, community leaders, and school district officials were invited to an open house to witness the progress being made.

Once the current project is finished, next year’s students will begin construction on a new home next door.

Parents tour house



This is the second year of the project. Last year’s student construction team completed work on a home on west 8th avenue in Marion.

High school students who might be interested in joining the program should meet with their school counselor.