Securing a new home for Greyhound Lines, owner of the final parcel needed for the new 1.2-million-square-foot Music City Center, has caused some minor construction delays on the project.
With blasting and drilling at the 16-acre convention center footprint slated to begin next week, project manager Larry Atema informed the Convention Center Authority on Thursday that the construction team is “a little bit behind” schedule because it lacks all the properties to give full notices on proceedings.
“We’re a long ways from really getting to that piece, but it’s still a piece,” Atema said of the Greyhound site, adding it needs to be acquired by early summer.
The hold-up is relocating the hub. Metro Finance Director Richard Riebeling said parcels where the bus station could move are in the process of being identified, but “it’s not moving as fast as all of us would like.”
Greyhound, which has operated its Nashville terminal at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Demonbreun Street since 1987, has been rumored to be in line for a temporary move to a building it owns on nearby Lafayette Street. For now, however, Metro and Greyhound officials are remaining tightlipped on possible locations.
Greyhound spokesperson Maureen Richmond called the relocation of the bus hub “an ongoing process.”
“At this point we are looking at properties throughout Nashville, and no decisions have been made at this point,” said Richmond, who declined to reveal potential sites. “Some may be stronger possibilities than others.”
A year ago, Greyhound executives sought to move the bus station to Murfreesboro Road, creating uproar among merchants who believed a Greyhound facility would bring crime and violence to the area. Businessman Bobby Joslin, ironically an outspoken Music City Center proponent, led the push.
After a spirited public hearing on the issue, the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously shot down a special exemption request that would have allowed the move to Murfreesboro Road.
“(Greyhound) is making progress and we’re letting them do their own search to satisfy themselves,” said Phil Ryan, executive director of the Metro Development and Housing Agency. “We want them to find the site they like best.”