LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -
Controversy is building when it comes to what could soon fill nearly 60 acres
of empty land in Southwest Louisville.
"We don't need it.
We don't need it out here," said resident Wes Snawder.
residents are furious about what could soon fill nearly 60 acres of land around
Dixie Highway and the Snyder off of Pond Station Road.
In a letter sent to area
residents, California based Copart Incorporated says they want to use the land to "allow an
auto storage and title processing facility that stores damaged vehicles to be
sold over the internet on the existing vacant property."
That idea is raising
"You kind of start
looking between the lines and below the surface and it's saying well we're
going to process salvage titles," resident Butch Chambers said.
Neighbors tell WAVE 3
they can define the development in two words.
"It's a junk yard.
That's what it is," Chambers said.
And they're not happy
"There are other
places for it. Don't put it right in the middle of our neighborhoods,"
"A junkyard just
isn't the thing to put back there," Snawder said. "I don't like
it because I think it'll downgrade property around here."
In addition to property
values, they're also concerned about the environmental aspect and a flood plane
in the area.
"If a car comes in
here and it's full of oil and gas, where's that going to go," Chambers
That's one of many
questions WAVE 3 set out to ask Copart.
Despite the names and
numbers on the release, everyone played a game of dodge ball, saying they
wouldn't be the person to talk to comment on the proposed project.
planning and engineering firm representatives" listed as Kathy Linares and
Steve Scott didn't comment.
Copart's local attorney,
Bill Bardenwerper also said he couldn't comment.
As the quiet area of
land is getting loud with controversy, neighbors say they've been fighting to
rebuild this area of Dixie Highway, and are quick to say not in my backyard
when it comes to the auto center.
"They can put some
more warehouses back there and bring some more jobs back here, but don't bring
all that junk back here. We don't need it," Snawder said.
"I don't want this
type of thing to continue to degrade our end of the county. We don't want to be
the dumping grounds of this area," Chambers said.
This isn't the first
time that land has been at the center of controversy.
About 25 years ago,
residents fought to block a landfill from coming in to the land. Snawder says
the case even went as high as the Supreme Court.
A public meeting about
the proposed auto center is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 pm at the
Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 10015