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.