Collbran’s only motel reopens

Collbran’s only motel, the Alpine, was bought earlier this month after 17 months on the market and will reopen soon.

The Alpine Motel at 103 Spring St. in Collbran is once again open for business after 17 months on the real estate market.

Collbran resident Jim Matarozzo recently bought the 14-room hotel for $262,500.

Matarozzo said Wednesday in a phone interview from Arizona that he already reopened the motel and placed new air-conditioning and heating units in every room.

“I’m going to be sprucing it up for sure,” Matarozzo said.

Future plans for the motel include a fresh coat of paint but no changes in the 29-year-old building’s trademark “alpine” theme.

The theme is accented by carved wood railings on the building’s north side.

Collbran was without lodging during the Alpine’s closure. With new drilling jobs appearing in the area, Matarozzo said it’s the perfect time to reopen the motel.

Dale Beede with Coldwell Banker Commercial/Prime Properties LLC, who listed the building, said the motel took longer to sell and open in part because the building during a freeze last winter sustained water damage, evidence of which is gone.

Matarozzo’s previous business experience includes a decade as the owner of the Conoco gas station in Collbran.

He decided to give the hotel business a try, he said, because he “was retired and got bored.”


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