Old Muncie motel could see new life as housing for vets

Old Muncie motel could see new life as housing for vets

MUNCIE, Ind. – A historic motel south of Muncie, empty and neglected for years, might have a new life as housing for veterans.

The Hilltop Motel, which is in disrepair and overrun with weeds, was in Delaware County’s possession due to unpaid property taxes. In a meeting Monday, the county commissioners agreed to give the motel to the Indiana Veterans Foundation, a local group that will explore possibilities for funding a new housing facility for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and substance abuse, as well as for homeless veterans.

Commissioners James King, Shannon Henry and Sherry Riggin voted Monday to approve the transfer of the property, at 4701 S. Walnut St.

The Hilltop Motel has been a landmark south of the city limits for decades. Located just past the intersection of Walnut and Madison streets, the Hilltop opened in October 1956. By 1961, the owners had more than doubled the motel in size from 10 units to 22 units by adding a wing near the original building.

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