STATE COLLEGE — Is something happening at The Autoport? Crews have been busy for a week removing old restaurant and hotel equipment and memorabilia.
Since being purchased in December 2015, The Autoport, Pennsylvania's oldest motel, has sat vacant. It was sold to South Atherton Real Estate 1 for $2.1 million in December 2015, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
But the State College Planning Department said there have been no recent land development plans for the property, said the borough’s director of communications Douglas Shontz.
The property is listed on Welteroth Property Group’s website, which has the same address as South Atherton Real Estate 1, as an available restaurant, with 3.85 acres of property including an 8,112-square-foot restaurant, an 8,000-square-foot basement and a 2,500-square-foot patio area.
The Welteroth Property Group lists several State College area locations on its webpage. A call to Welteroth was not returned.
Back in 2015, former owner Gregory and Lynda Mussi sold the hotel after owning it for nearly a decade. They had been fighting off foreclosure and auction since 2014 and declared bankruptcy in April of 2015.
The Autoport appeared on the reality television show "Hotel Impossible" in 2014, a show that attempts to assist hotels that are struggling to keep them afloat. The Mussis received some relief from their bank after the show aired, getting an extra few months to turn things around, but they were unable to do so, leading to the initial bankruptcy filing.
The owners had racked up $1.4 million in debt and were facing foreclosure at the time, nearing a sheriff's sale that would have auctioned off the property before the bankruptcy filing provided some extra time.