Greyhound not moving until it gets permanent location

Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 11:51pm

Significant excavation work on the 16-acre footprint of Nashville’s new $585 million Music City Center surrounds Greyhound Lines on Eighth Avenue where buses still arrive and depart the terminal.

Greyhound is slated to make a temporary move to a former car lot on Charlotte Avenue to make way for the 1.2 million-square-foot facility, but there’s an issue: Greyhound isn’t willing to move into temporary space until the company secures a permanent location.

Most observers believe Metro and Greyhound officials are eyeing a long-term home on property the company owns on downtown Lafayette Street, but the acquisition of at least one adjacent parcel is key to the move. Parties involved still haven’t finalized a deal, The City Paper has learned.

Marty Dickens, who chairs the Convention Center Authority, could not be reached for comment.

More than 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.

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.

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 6/18/10 at 2:58

Interesting that they started construction before they had clear path and that the morons on the council didn't vote for the variance but voted to go ahead with the MCC.

I hope Greyhound stands its ground. Taking a loss now would be chump change compared to what we will lose in the future.

By: nvestnbna on 6/18/10 at 6:24

Do they have the zoning on the Lafayette property? Why no follow-up story on last week's story on the public meeting held by Councilmember Gilmore. What did City officials share at that meeting? Have they engaged the neighbors on Lafayette? Come on City Paper, why don't you do some thorough work on this stuff?

By: jasonweaver on 6/18/10 at 7:49

Normally a subscription site but this story is free it seems. But it gives more detail

By: TNReader on 6/18/10 at 8:29

I hope Greyhound stands their ground as well. Once they move they have lost their leverage.

By: nvestnbna on 6/18/10 at 8:50

Normally a subscription site but this story is free it seems. But it gives more detail


By: TakePrideInNash on 6/18/10 at 11:27

Sounds like a nickle holding up a dollar. Any delays can't be good. They know they are moving, so go ahead and move.

By: JeffF on 6/18/10 at 3:32

This will make the opponents to the temporary location feel better knowing that there is already a permanent location in the works before they move to their neighborhood. they know how the game gets played here...Nashville officials would never push the terminal out once they get settled without a plan. Nashville leaders view all these issues not related to tourism or downtown development as unimportant.

By: ferrellg on 8/7/10 at 10:32

When I worked for Greyhound in 06 and they started talking about a new Convention Center I told them then that they (Greyhound) would have to move but they did not wan't to here any thing about it from a new employee. I worked in the construction trade for 20yrs before going to work for the dog, and anyone with a little common sence and a knowledge of Nashville could see that the only place for the new Convention Center was where they are building it.