Louisville Metro Government has officially started the search for a new Louisville Metro Police vehicle impound lot.

Located for decades at 1478 Frankfort Avenue 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.

Space issues, as well as the impound lot’s negative impact on nearby Beargrass Creek and the Beargrass Creek Greenway Trail, are among the reasons Louisville Metro Government is seeking a new location. The site, a former landfill, is also located in a flood plain and is partially impacted by a high-tension power line crossing it.

As a temporary measure to free up space at the Vehicle Impoundment Unit, LMPD will be changing the location of its auctions to the Newburg Fleet facility.  This action will free up approximately 100-150 spaces that can be used to remove wrecked or abandoned vehicles, as well as parking violators, from Louisville’s roadways.

The first step in the process to move the lot is a Request for Information, seeking properties that fit the city’s search criteria for size, location, and other physical and operational requirements. The Request for Information is here.

Louisville Metro Government will also host three public meetings and conduct two tours of the current impound lot. A list of dates, times, and locations of meetings and tours can be found below.

The public is encouraged to provide suggestions on potential locations for the impound lot, as well as offer innovative solutions for the management of the facility. Public input can be made in-person at a public meeting or through an on-line comment portal.

Louisville Metro Government will close the Request for Information on March 15, 2018. Proposed locations will be evaluated based on their ability to meet operational and locational needs for the impound lot, as well as on their potential cost. If a suitable location is identified, funding for the relocation of the impound lot will be sought in upcoming fiscal years.

Meeting and tour schedule:

  • Tour – Thursday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Metro Impound Lot, 1478 Frankfort Avenue. RSVP to Schroeder@louisvilleky.gov no later than February 12.
  • Public Meeting – Saturday, February 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Main Branch Library, 311 York Street.
  • Tour – Monday, February 19 at Noon at Metro Impound Lot, 1478 Frankfort Avenue. RSVP to Schroeder@louisvilleky.gov no later than February 16.
  • Public Meeting – Tuesday, February 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Oak and Acorn, 631 S. 28th
  • Public Meeting – Thursday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Butchertown Pizza Hall, 1301 Story Avenue, Second Floor.