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State College Autoport property to go on auction block April 9

Greg and Lynda Mussi are the owners of Clem’s Roadside Bar and Grill and The Autoport Motel in State College, December 29, 2014.
Greg and Lynda Mussi are the owners of Clem’s Roadside Bar and Grill and The Autoport Motel in State College, December 29, 2014. CDT photo

The Autoport property will be auctioned in a sheriff’s sale April 9.

Co-owners Greg and Lynda Mussi had been trying to avoid foreclosure with Enterprise Bank since last year.

Joseph Fidler, Enterprise Bank’s attorney, placed the total liability at $1.34 million plus interest after April 17, 2014, of about $144 per day; late charges; attorney’s fees; and costs for foreclosure and sale of the property against The Piedmont Food Co. and Mussi Realty, each owned by the Mussis.

The couple took out an unknown loan with Enterprise Bank in 2007 to help finance their purchase of The Autoport. The document does not list how much the loan was for.

The Susquehanna Economic Development Association-Council of Governments filed an unrelated suit in October against The Piedmont Food Co. and Mussi Realty in the amount of about $196,000 for principal, interest and attorney costs.

The Mussis took out a $200,000 Small Business First loan from SEDA-COG on March 31, 2008, and agreed to a note modification July 11, 2012. The suit alleges payments on the loan were late beginning Dec. 24, 2013, and had stopped entirely since April 17, 2014.

The Mussis, who did not respond to requests for comment, had a turbulent 2014.

They escaped foreclosure in December, because Enterprise Bank gave them a three-month extension to catch up on their bills. They were critiqued on national television in October by “Hotel Impossible” host Anthony Melchiorri. Also in October, they were sued by Clem’s Cafe, located in Blairsville, for alleged trademark infringement.

The Mussis, however, credited the television show appearance with piquing the interest of potential investors. They attempted to avoid foreclosure by luring investors to partner with them and run the motel.

A promising mystery investor, according to the Mussis, became interested in The Autoport in the last two months of 2014.

Greg Mussi told the Centre Daily Times the mystery investor owned several hotels in Pennsylvania and wanted to expand into The Autoport area. He also said Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Choice Hotels International explored making the property part of their chains.

It is unknown if a foreclosure notice from Enterprise Bank was served to the Mussis.

Enterprise Bank, however, filed a document claiming that the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Act of 1983 did not require the bank to serve the Mussis written notice of the foreclosure as the property is not the Mussis’ principal residence.

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