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Greyhound looks at Murfreesboro Rd. location

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Should plans for the new convention center in downtown Nashville hold, the Greyhound station currently located on 8th Avenue South would have to be relocated.

Greyhound is looking to move its hub to the old Music City Dodge dealership on Murfreesboro road, south of downtown.

The location is about two miles from its current location, near the Interstates 24 and 40.

"It's very convenient," Greyhound spokesperson Abby Wambaugh told News 2 Friday.  "It's located close to the highway, which means that our buses have easy access in and out of the city but it's also close to downtown and we believe it would be very convenient for our customers.  In addition to that, it meets our operational needs."

Some neighborhood merchants are against the move, and voicing their opposition.

At the Joslin Sign Company, a sign reads, "Go Away Greyhound." 

Owner Bobby Joslin said the neighborhood has worked hard to clean up the area, and having the bus station would reverse that.
 
"I've seen crime has been reduced, we don't see the prostitutes walking up and down here anymore.  We don't have the people coming in bumming money, trying to use the telephone.  It's cleaned itself up and that's been really... I'm very proud to be a part of an area that's cleaned itself up without any government help," he said.  "It's an embarrassment to our customers, it's an embarrassment to our employees [and] we're going to fight it."

Greyhound said while they have other sites in consideration, the Murfreesboro Road location is their top focus.

Greyhound will make its pitch to relocate to Murfreesboro Road at the meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals on February 19.

The final design of the Music City Center must still be approved but under the current plans, it would sit in the area bordered by 5th Avenue South and 8th Avenue, Demonbreun Street and Franklin Street.

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