Muncie hotel would have job training for disabled

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — An advocacy group for the disabled is working on plans to build a hotel in downtown Muncie that will provide hospitality-industry training to its clients.

Arc of Indiana associate director Kim Dodson says the organization hopes to start construction this spring on the 150-room, six-story hotel near Muncie’s convention center.

Dodson tells The Star Press the group expects to sign a franchise agreement with an international hotel company within the next few weeks.

Plans are for the hotel to have a small portion of its staff be people with disabilities who are in job-training programs.

The hotel is estimated to cost up to $25 million. Dodson says more fundraising is planned to supplement $5 million that the state Legislature designated for the project last year.

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