Work is now fully underway on a downtown Nashville Greyhound bus terminal fronting Lafayette Street in SoBro — but Greyhound officials are unwilling to discuss the building’s appearance.
Maureen Richmond, a Cincinnati-based spokeswoman for Greyhound parent company FirstGroup America, declined to discuss the facility’s specific architectural elements, including materials, forms, height and color scheme — despite much scrutiny being placed on design aesthetics for new and proposed buildings in the burgeoning mixed-used district south of Broadway.
“All new facilities, including the Nashville Greyhound Terminal, will adopt a sleek, contemporary look that aligns with the new Greyhound brand,” Richmond said. “This includes the interior and exterior designs, as well as signage. Having a standard design allows our locations to be easily recognizable for our passengers.”
The Metro Planning Department has some images of the project, which show the building to seemingly feature lots of glass and metal and offer a somewhat industrial vibe. The color scheme focuses on blue and either white or light gray.
The Metro Codes Department has issued a $1.4 million building permit for Greyhound to build the approximately 8,500-square-foot terminal. R.C. Mathews Contractor LLC is handling the construction. n
Codes department documents show Cincinnati-based Rixey & Blum Inc, is the architect for the project. Buddy Blum, firm president, did not return a call requesting comment. The firm’s website highlights primarily interior design projects. According to the site, Rixey & Blum previously has not designed a Greyhound facility.
The location for the under-construction terminal (the address is 709 Fifth Avenue South) does not fall within one of the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s 10 redevelopment districts and, as such, has much less stringent design guidelines than it would otherwise. Developments within those 10 districts much meet approval of an MDHA design review committee.
Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore, in whose District 19 the terminal will sit, said no Greyhound officials contacted her to solicit her views regarding the design or function of the building.
Gilmore said she is optimistic Greyhound will deliver an attractive building.
Previously, Greyhound operated from a non-descript building on the southeast corner of the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Demonbreun Street. The bus line company vacated the site to make way for the Music City Center convention facility. Currently, Greyhound has its Nashville operations in a temporary space on Charlotte Avenue.