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City of Marion plans to partner with high school building program
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 15th, 2017

Marion City Manager Lon Pluckhahn informed the Marion Independent School BOE on Monday evening, June 12, that the City is talking about the possibility of including the Marion High School's CTE program with the City's overall strategic Central Corridor plan. Area high school students currently build a home from scratch in Marion each year, and the cost of land is included in the price of the home once it is completed.

Pluckhahn suggested the students build their homes on City acquired surplus properties, thereby saving the school district between $35,000 and $60,000 per lot depending on the size. This would also help eliminate the cost of adding new utilities. Having students help build homes, would also drive investments and benefit the City and the district with tax revenues once the homes become occupied, he said.

In addition, it is important to keep context designs in mind while revitalizing three or four of the older neighborhoods in Marion. And the spill-over effect would lift up the entire neighborhood. Cities everywhere would begin copying them, Pluckhahn said.
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