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Greyhound sniffs around for new digs

Greg MassPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The local Greyhound bus station and stop are set to move in October. The question is, where to?Greyhound officials have narrowed the list down to two potential locations. The Amtrak depot on 7th Street is one option. According to a memorandum from city transportation manager Melissa Laeser, the Amtrak station would be a sensible move for the bus company and the city because it would give choices to travelers. “If Amtrak is unable to carry their passengers to desired locations, the passengers can transfer to Greyhound with no additional charge and receive transport to their destination and vice versa,” Laeser wrote. But there are downsides to adding bus service to the train station, Laeser said. -The bus stop would take away three much-needed downtown parking spaces.-The station is not American Disability Act compatible.-There is no direct connection to Roaring Fork Transportation Authority or Ride Glenwood buses. The preferred alternative for the bus company, Laeser wrote, is an old Rio Grande Railroad building located in the parking lot just west of Glenwood Springs City Hall.Using the building, Laeser wrote, would mean it would be fixed up at Greyhound’s expense and the city would receive rental payments from the bus company. The problem with that site, Laeser pointed out, is that it’s now used to store equipment that would need to be moved. She also wrote that parking in the heavily used lot would be reduced to allow for bus stop staging. Whichever location is chosen, it could be temporary. According to Greyhound’s Steve Hatcher, the company hopes to move into the regional transit center that’s planned for the city’s confluence area. However, the redevelopment of that area could still be years away. “We normally partner with cities,” Hatcher said. Greyhound has relocated to area transit centers in Vail, Summit County and Steamboat Springs, he said. Greyhound is moving after losing its lease at the Springs Center, behind the Village Inn restaurant off 6th Street.According to Laeser’s memo, Greyhound officials seem to be leaning toward moving the bus station to the location west of City Hall. “Greyhound will be providing you with additional information and asking for your consideration to allow them to stage their operations out of the old railroad building, as it is the location they are most interested in,” she wrote.City Council is set to consider Greyhound’s request during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Also on the agenda, City Council is scheduled to:-Appoint Victor Zerbi as municipal judge and Ruben Hernandez as associate municipal judge. -Discuss the formation of a regional housing trust. -Consider whether to grant a major development permit filed by Glenwood Canyon Rafting for a commercial building to accommodate a rafting pull-in facility. It would be located near the Kum and Go gas station and the Quality Inn in the Gilstrap subdivision in West Glenwood. The proposal also includes two employee apartments located within the building.-Consider a request to amend the approved phasing plan at Valley View Hospital. The revamped plan calls for out-of-sequence construction of the approved third and fourth floors of the addition during phase 3. The walls would be built, but the inside would remain unfinished. The reason, according to a hospital document, is so Valley View Hospital can have greater flexibility in future expansions and transitions while holding disruptions to a minimum. -Consider a resolution that would support the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s Corridor Investment Study. -Discuss whether to support or oppose Referendum “A,” which would provide $2 billion in loans for water projects in Colorado. -Discuss whether a revolving public art show, consisting of works by local artists, could be displayed at City Hall. Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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