City attorney files for expedited hearing in Greyhound terminal case

On Dec. 13, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced his office filed a motion in Environmental Court requesting an emergency status conference and an expedited hearing schedule in the city’s ongoing nuisance lawsuit against Baron’s Bus, the owners of the Wilson Road Greyhound bus terminal.

The filing comes one day after the Ohio Supreme Court moved to expedite the typical process to appoint a visiting judge to preside over the case.

“I applaud the Ohio Supreme Court’s urgency in appointing a judge to resolve this lawsuit,” said Klein. “The sooner the city presents its case, the sooner we can abate this nuisance and deliver relief for families on the westside who are rightly fed up with the crime, congestion and chaos emanating from the Wilson Road bus terminal. We’re asking the court to fast track this case so that we can shut down this dangerous property and work to find an appropriate terminal site that’s safe, sanitary and accessible.”

Since opening in June, the westside terminal has been plagued by safety, security and sanitation concerns, including a shooting where one man was killed. In August, after city officials gave operators notice of violations and a timeline to address the issues, Klein filed a nuisance lawsuit against Barons Bus Incorporated, the owners of the property located at 845 N. Wilson Road that currently operates as a bus terminal for Barons and Greyhound bus lines.

Klein said that his office is ready to present its case the moment the court moves to reschedule hearings.

 

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