Edmonton’s downtown Greyhound station is looking for a new home.
The company’s lease in the current 103rd Avenue and 103rd Street location expires in May 2016 and the property has been purchased by the Katz Group, the development group behind the new arena.
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Now, Greyhound is looking into the possibility of relocating the terminal to its maintenance yard north of the Yellowhead Trail on 123rd Street.
While the proposed site itself is in the midst of an industrial zone, residents in the Prince Charles neighbourhood to the south are worried what the move will mean for their community.
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“We already have a pretty major traffic issue in this community,” Kim Olson, president of the Prince Charles Community League, told Adams.
“We’re concerned that Greyhound’s buses will just make that situation that much worse. There’s a chance of increased traffic, more people that aren’t necessarily going to be living in this community walking through it.”
Resident Ron Jacobs says there are also no existing restaurants, hotel, or even transit options in place for bus passengers loaded down with luggage in that area.
He said the same lack of resources has already caused problems for the nearby Via Rail train station.
“My personal bias would be to see Via and Greyhound come together and locate somewhere that made sense as a transportation centre for Edmonton – I don’t think that’s at the north end of Prince Charles.”
Councillor Bev Esslinger said it is still very early in the process, but acknowledged she has received several complaints about the proposed relocation.
In an emailed message, Greyhound spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson said the company was still exploring options for the relocation.
“We are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we make the right decision in selecting a location that will be in the best interest of our customers and the Edmonton community," Gipson said.
The company will be sending someone from their main office in Texas to speak with city councillors and Prince Charles residents on June 3.