The Metro Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday unanimously voted against a proposal to move the Greyhound bus terminal in downtown Nashville to Murfreesboro Road.
Greyhound's hub is currently located on 8th Avenue South but will have to relocate to make way for the new downtown Nashville convention center.
Company officials had proposed moving the station to the old Music City Dodge Dealership, saying the location fit their operational needs and was close to both interstates 40 and 24.
Business owners along Murfreesboro Road have long been opposed of the plan, saying Greyhound would bring heightened crime, prostitution and drugs to an area they worked so hard to clean up.
"Crime has been reduced, we don't see the prostitutes walking up and down here anymore and we don't have the people that used to come in, bumming money, trying to use the telephone. It's cleaned itself up," Bobby Joslin, owner of Joslin Sign Company, has said.
After hearing arguments on both sides, the Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday voted 4-0 against the proposal.
Board members cited safety and crime concerns at the present bus depot as reasons not to bring those problems to the proposed site.
A greyhound vice president was present Thursday to defend the move but it was the first time anyone from the company was at any of the public hearings on the matter.
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.