The Daley administration is making steady progress in acquiring the land needed for the new Marquette District police station, according to a progress report issued Thursday.
Nearly half the needed land parcels already have been secured for the new 10th District station, according to Public Building Commission executive director Eileen Carey.
“We’re very pleased with the pace of land acquisition and look forward to breaking ground next year on this important project,” Carey said.
The new police station, funded through Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Neighborhoods Alive program, will be built on the south side of Ogden Avenue between Trumbull and Kedzie. The building itself will be located between Spaulding and Sawyer avenues, with parking on both ends.
The new station will feature state-of-the-art computers and other crime fighting equipment; better facilities for the officers; and space for community policing programs.
It will be more than twice the size of the existing station, which was constructed in 1917 and is the second-oldest police district building in Chicago.
When finished, the new facility will have features that weren’t dreamt of during World War I, including separate locker rooms for female officers, Carey explained. Also, the building will be completely accessible for people with disabilities.