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Businesses voice opposition to Greyhound station relocation

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To make way for a new convention center in downtown Nashville, the Greyhound station, currently located on 8th Avenue South, will 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.

Some neighborhood merchants are against the move and voiced their opposition at a public meeting Wednesday evening.

Bobby Joslin, owner of Joslin Sign Company, said the neighborhood has worked hard to clean up the area, and having the bus station would reverse that.
 
"My mind it's not changing at all," he told News 2 Wednesday.  "I hope they'll find another site that will fit their needs better.  We're not where we need to be, but we're headed in right direction, and we really feel Greyhound is not a fit for our neighborhood."

Joslin was one of more than 100 people who showed up to show their opposition to the move Wednesday afternoon.

Rick Shepherd, the one representative from Greyhound one hand, was outnumbered.

"[Greyhound] is a very difficult business to relocate, as you can imagine," he told the crowd.  "They're in the transportation business.  If you shut them down for a day, it's like shutting an airport down for a day. They move a lot of people."

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

A Greyhound spokesperson has said the location is convenient, located close to the highway for easy access, and fits their operational needs.

The Metro Council is expected to approve plans for the new convention center this spring.

The Greyhound station will be one of nearly a dozen businesses that must to relocate.  Teen nightclub Rocketown is also looking for a new location.

The sprawling convention center will take up several blocks just south of Demonbreun Street between Fifth and Eighth Avenues.

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