Nathan Stubbs

Council to vote on Greyhound station

by Nathan Stubbs

The Lafayette city-parish council is once again scheduled to take up an ordinance blocking Greyhound Bus Lines planned move out of downtown to the corner of Moss and Matheiu Street in North Lafayette. This time, a vote on the issue seems likely. Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux has twice tabled the ordinance to allow for more time for Greyhound and city officials to broker a deal to move Greyhound into the city’s Rosa Parks Transportation Center. Those negotiations are ongoing. However, work crews have begun renovating the Moss Street building in preparation of a new tenant. Last week, Boudreaux told The Advocate he considers that a “breach of the negotiations.”

If passed, Boudreaux’s ordinance would repeal a zoning change passed by the last council that allows Greyhound to operate out of its Moss Street building. The previous council went against staff recommendations last year to change the property’s zoning from light industrial to general business, despite objections from area residents who say the bus station would be detrimental to their neighborhood. Greyhound has threatened legal action if the council reverses its zoning change. A group of Moss Street businesses and residents have also been exploring legal recourse if the council doesn’t move to stop Greyhound. Neither Boudreaux nor Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley could be reached this morning for comment.