City plans public meeting to share community input, next steps in search for new LMPD Impound Lot

May 21, 2018

Louisville Metro Government is planning a public meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Butchertown Pizza Hall (1301 Story Avenue, second floor) to share community input and next steps in its effort to relocate the Louisville Metro Police vehicle impound lot.

Located for decades at 1478 Frankfort Ave. in Butchertown, the impound lot is the main temporary storage area for motor vehicles that have been impounded by LMPD and other agencies, and is a longer-term storage area for motor vehicles being held as evidence in a legal proceeding. Although technical capacity is 1,800 vehicles, the lot frequently stores in excess of 2,000 vehicles.

The city announced plans to seek a new location earlier this year, citing space issues, as well as the impound lot’s negative impact on nearby Beargrass Creek and the Beargrass Creek Greenway Trail. The site, a former landfill, is also located in a flood plain and is partially impacted by a high-tension power line crossing it.

At that time, the city also issued a public Request for Information, seeking properties that fit the city’s search criteria for size, location, and other physical and operational requirements. The city received seven responses to that RFI but none met the search criteria.

LMPD Lt. Col. Robert Schroeder said the city is continuing to look for a long-term solution, and noted that properties will be evaluated as they become available. And in the meantime, the city is making improvements at the existing site and in its procedures to address the space and environmental concerns at that site.

In an effort to ensure a transparent process, the city is posting online the comments received in the community engagement process, which included tours and three public meetings, and information about the RFI responses.

That material can be found at:https://louisvilleky.gov/government/louisville-forward/impound-lot-reloc...