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.”