Louisville hopes to reduce abandoned cars with new auction batch


If you’ve been annoyed at the sight of an abandoned or wrecked vehicle by the side of the road for weeks, you might be in luck: the city says its plans to create a new car auction lot from Police will relieve overcrowding at the Frankfort Ave pound and help remove more vehicles from the street soon.

According to a statement released Monday by Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, the city filed development plans to create a new auction lot on a 5.3-acre property at 3502 7th Street Road in Shively.

There are currently more than 140 abandoned or destroyed vehicles waiting to be towed from Louisville roads, according to the mayor’s office. But the Louisville Metro Police impound lot at 1478 Frankfort Ave in Butchertown is chronically overcrowded – a problem that has only been made worse by the pandemic, the mayor said.

“Our existing impound lot is a challenge that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic due to the slowing and halting of auctions which, under normal circumstances, would help us out of the lot and out of the lot. streets, ”Fischer said.

The city had considered “nearly a dozen potential sites to relocate the pound,” he added, but none were suitable due to issues such as cost, location and flooding. “Creating a separate auction batch is an innovative solution that will allow us to move abandoned vehicles off the roads more quickly,” he said.

The Frankfurt Avenue lot, according to the press release, has a capacity of 1,800 vehicles but regularly stores more than 2,000. The city has been looking for a new impound since 2017 due to overcrowding and environmental impacts on Beargrass Creek.

In the statement from the mayor’s office, LMPD Major Emily McKinley described abandoned vehicles on the roads as a danger, saying: “Abandoned vehicles throughout our community pose an extreme risk to the safety of everyone – residents, drivers of tow trucks and police. LMPD is committed to improving the safety of our streets and our community, and it’s a step in that direction.

In another move to reduce congestion on the grounds of Frankfurt Avenue, earlier this month the metro council passed an ordinance allowing the city’s director of public works to declare a period of amnesty of up to 30 days for all costs of towing and storing vehicles in the pound. are canceled. The mayor’s office said Fischer plans to sign the ordinance early in the new year.

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