The Greyhound garage near the old bus station on North Bartlett Street in Medford soon will be demolished.

The Greyhound garage near the old bus station on North Bartlett Street in Medford soon will be demolished.

Greyhound moved Oct. 1 from the Bartlett station to a new building at 220 N. Front St. next to the Rogue Valley Transportation District transfer station as part of a plan to redevelop nine city blocks, including the block on which the old station stands.

"There was no use for the garage any longer," said Jackie Rodgers, director of the Medford Urban Renewal Agency. "The buses will depart from the new depot."

A structural assessment of the building at Fourth and Apple streets by local engineer Fred Phillips revealed the garage is structurally unsound, so MURA decided to raze it.

Crews from Medford-based Western States Environmental Services Inc. stripped off the roof and began removing asbestos from the garage earlier this week.

The demolition is slated to conclude in mid-November, Rodgers said. The cost for asbestos removal and demolition combined is about $49,500.

MURA purchased the Greyhound garage and station at Bartlett as part of an agreement with the city and Lithia Inc. to redevelop city blocks in a project called The Commons.

Lithia announced in August the redevelopment project was on hold until the slumping economy shows signs of a rebound.

The Bartlett Street station could be leased until that project is rejuvenated, but no remodeling is planned for the station.

RVTD and MURA built the Front Street Greyhound Depot for $950,000 next to the RVTD transfer station in hopes of making intermodal transportation more efficient. Greyhound leases the new building from RVTD.

Reach reporter Paris Achen at 541-776-4459 or pachen@mailtribune.com.