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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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