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Founders Square to bring new commercial options to Speedway

Work on Founders Square begins in Speedway, Indiana

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) — Town leaders are one step closer to bringing new life to the community.

A new development is planned for Crawfordsville Road just east of I-465. Buildings are being torn down in preparation for the 25-acre project known as Founders Square. The project plans include a Hampton Inn with convention space, a Crew car wash, health care offices and retail space with a grocery store.

Project managers say it will create more economic opportunity for speedway.

Tim Gropp, Speedway economic development director, said, “We still have 6-8 acres available. So we have some flexibility in there to be able to attract. We’d love to see some entertainment components. That’s something we hear a lot of in the town. Obviously, it’s the gateway, just 2 miles out from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, so anything that would attract people before or after the race, something to do in town, we’d love to see out there.”

According to project managers, the hotel and car wash will break ground near the beginning of June.

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Jungle Cruise boat at Disney World takes on water with passengers on board

 (CNN) — Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando may be known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but for some visitors riding the Jungle Cruise on Thursday, the experience was a bit less magical and a lot more wet.

The ride takes passengers on an adventure through the world’s exotic rivers with a humorous skipper as the guide. But around noon, one of the boats started taking on water while passengers were on board.

Matthew Vince, who was on the ride, said more than a foot of water flooded the boat.

The boat “went from floating to sunk in about a minute,” Vince told CNN affiliate WPTV. “Everyone was fine and we were rescued in about 20 minutes.”

A spokesperson for Disney confirmed to CNN affiliate WFTV that the boat took on some water, but added that everyone was able to get off the boat safely.

Firefighters with the Reedy Creek Fire Department responded to the scene, but no one was transported to the hospital, a spokeswoman with the department told CNN.

The ride reopened around 2:30 p.m., according to WPTV.

The Jungle Cruise, which opened in 1971, is a fan favorite and one of the park’s most iconic rides, so the incident naturally got Twitter stirring.

Some speculated it was a publicity stunt to promote Disney’s upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie featuring Dwayne Johnson.

Others jokingly worried for the fate of the guests because of all the dangerous “beasts” they could encounter.

Disney said it worked with the people who were on the boat so that they could enjoy the rest of their day at the park, according to CNN affiliate WESH.

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