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Apple Tree Inn faces demolition after sale

Geoffrey Ritter
Weekend Times

Murphysboro’s long-standing Apple Tree Inn likely will be demolished after coming under new ownership this week.

Jackson County court records show that the foreclosure sale of the motel property, located at 200 N. 2nd St., was finalized Monday. The buyer is Columbia, Ill.-based developer Joe Koppeis.

The Times reached out to Koppeis Friday at Admiral Parkway Inc., his commercial real estate firm in Columbia. He was out of the office and not expected to return until after the weekend.

Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens said Friday that discussions have been ongoing with Koppeis, and that he was pleased to finally see the sale go through.

“He plans on demolishing the Apple Tree Inn,” Stephens said. “I am very happy he has purchased the property and look forward to good things happening there.”

Court records show the foreclosure was against former owners Vincent Piece, Nitaben V. Patel, Vinus Patel and Kirit Purohit. Koppeis entered the winning bid of $125,000 among three bidders.

Angelo Fiorino, who owned the property from about 1976 to 2007 and still operates an adjacent U-Haul business, said the motel officially closed its doors Monday. He said he and his family will be sorry to see the building, which he said was constructed in the 1950s, finally go away.

“The Apple Tree Inn is really history for Murphysboro,” Fiorino said. “There’s just a lot of history there.”

CCHS music program takes second at state

The Carbondale Community High School music program recently earned state runner-up honors in the IHSA class A sweepstakes.

This marks the fifth consecutive year the program has made it into the top two of a state pool that includes 77 schools from across Illinois. CCHS won last year’s championship.

IHSA sweepstakes are determined based on results of individual, small ensemble and large ensemble performances that take place in March and April each year.