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Murphysboro hotel project hits snags

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MURPHYSBORO, Ill. -- The Big Muddy River in Murphysboro forces the developer of the old Apple Tree Inn property to be careful about building there.

His crews have been working to make the ground more suitable, but after some heavy rain recently, the soil shifted and partially damaged a nearby sewer main.

"It certainly was a setback that nobody expected," Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens said. "But you'll have those, and we hope to just continue to encourage the developer to move forward, if nothing else, by next spring."

Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens expects repairs to start next week, but that isn't the only issue.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials told the developer he needs to build a new entryway to the property since the current one is too close to the Route 13 and Route 127 intersection. They're concerned about the flow of traffic.

"The design, I believe, is finished and I believe has been approved by IDOT," Stephens said. "That process took a little bit longer than we expected and I think that was a part of what has caused some delays as well."

Stephens said the plan is still to build a Holiday Inn Express and a fast food place, but the developer has to start soon.

"Because if (he) doesn't, a multitude of the things that he has applied for, such as his franchise agreement with Holiday Inn and things of that nature, have to be reapplied for," Stephens said. "So there are some pretty hard deadlines coming up next year for him."

Stephens said the developer also plans to build a statue of the Big Muddy Monster at the corner of 13 and 127 as a tourist attraction.

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