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A community and conference center capable of hosting weddings, business meetings and family reunions is planned in Franklin.

The Indiana Masonic Home will build a community and conference center on its property, with construction scheduled to begin this year and finish next spring, Indiana Masonic Home Director of Business Development Kate Cline said.

The new community and conference center will serve as a new entrance point for the 83-acre facility. The Indiana Masonic Home has about 400 residents and offers various types of senior and assisted-living options.

The community and conference center is being built as part of a multiple-phase project to expand and improve the facility. An assisted-living facility was built about four years ago, and plans call for 36 condominium units to be built in the future, Cline said.

The $12 million community center will include a banquet hall and conference center that can hold up to about 300 people. The center will include a pool, exercise room and restaurant that will be open to the public, Cline said.

Groundbreaking ceremonies on May 18 will include a devotional service at 10:30 a.m. in Kresge Chapel, a reception and social hour at noon, and a groundbreaking at 1 p.m.

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