MDHA moves forward with Greyhound condemnation suit

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 11:45pm

The Metro Development and Housing Agency last week reinitiated its land condemnation lawsuit against Greyhound Lines, owner of the last parcel needed for the construction of Nashville’s $585 million Music City Center.

Following the legal development, attorneys for Greyhound last Friday removed the suit from circuit court, where it had originally been filed in October, and directed it to federal court.

At Thursday’s Convention Center Authority meeting, Attorney Charles Robert Bone, who provides legal counsel for the authority not MDHA, downplayed the reinitiating as a “backstop.”

“Everyone believes we’re to a point where this deal is going to get done and is going to get worked out,” Bone said. “In the event it can’t, from the authority’s and MDHA’s perspective, we’ve got the lawsuit to turn back to if we have to.”

Excavation work for the 1.2 million-square-foot convention center surrounds the Greyhound terminal at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Demonbreun Street where numerous buses enter and exit the facility daily. Greyhound has secured a temporary home at 11th and Charlotte avenues, but the company wants to land a permanent location before it relocates.

“That is not moving as quickly as we would all like,” Larry Atema, project manager of the Music City Center, told the authority at Thursday’s meeting. “From a site standpoint, that’s something we really need to happen to be able to work in that corner of the property.”

Though nothing has been confirmed, most observers believe Greyhound is eyeing nearby property on Lafayette Street.

Atema told the authority that an agreement is expected soon.

“There’s a whole group of people working diligently on that, including our friends at MDHA,” Atema said. “They tell us we are close.”

When contacted by The City Paper, attorneys for Greyhound declined to comment and directed questions to a Greyhound spokesperson.

“The move will proceed as soon as details are finalized, which is expected shortly,” Greyhound spokesman Timothy Stokes said.

Other items:

• The Convention Center Authority has reopened bidding for a mechanical and plumbing contract after project managers discovered a licensing issue with the subcontractor it had originally hired.

A $50 million contract had previously been awarded Nash Inc./W.R. Nashville, an Orlando, Fla.-based mechanical and plumbing company.

Project leaders say the move shouldn’t slow down the construction of the facility.








2 Comments on this post:

By: on 6/25/10 at 7:50

This is a terrible travesty of justice. Just another example of politicians bullying private industry. Eminent Domain is supposed to be used only in the case of the "Common Good of All the People." What are they going to take next?

By: idgaf on 6/25/10 at 9:38

I just thought of something. They may have moved it to Federal court to claim interfearance with interstate commerce and challange the authority of the city to claim imminant domain on something that is oversighted by the Federal government. I do hope they give dizzy dean some heartburn over this.

The weakness of the citys case is there was not vote on this but just a politicians dictateing what is in the interest of the public. Who knows there may be some evidence of some bribes. (hey I can hope can't I? lol)