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Proposed Jeffersonville auto auction approved by council despite neighbors' concerns

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Every Wednesday evening, cars flood the parking lot on East 10th Street for the Clark County Auto Auction.

Those who live in the neighborhood always know it's auction night by the sheer volume of people that cross the busy street, traveling from the customer parking lot to the auction.

Parking, owners say, is a big reason they're looking to re-locate. At the current location, there are about 500 parking spaces for cars that are for sale, and 240 customer spaces.

The auto auction's zoning and development plan was approved unanimously by Jeffersonville's city council. Matt Fetter, President of Clark County Auto Auction, says they will get their plans finalized and start construction in two to three months.

About four people spoke out against the plans at the meeting Monday night and hired two attorneys against the auto auction's plans.

Opponents argued the auto auction won't fit in on East 10th Street, but attorneys representing the project were able to argue that there are many similar zoning situations around town.

At a proposed facility on East 10th Street and Thompson Lane, the number of spaces for product and customers would double. The expansion is something sales manager Paul Fetter says is necessary.

"Every week, we have to turn people away because we don't have enough space to accommodate," he said.

Fetter said they added the customer parking across the street to accommodate the steady growth they've experienced over the past 15 years. As a result, the disconnect between lots has proved to be a problem in itself.

"It's pretty hectic, pretty wild," said Dwayne Stubblefield, an employee at the car wash next door. "[there are] lots of cars, lots of people crossing the street."

Fetter said the new location will allow all their facilities to be in one place, creating ease for customers and relieving traffic issues.

At 44-acres, the property stretches from East 10th Street back to the Woods of North Haven neighborhood.

Stirring concern among the people whose homes back up to the property.

"They could potentially lose value with all of this, which then would have an impact on the rest of us in the neighborhood," said Alyson Turner.

Unlike many of her neighbors, Turner isn't concerned about noise or bright lights because her home sits back from the property. She's mainly concerned about property value.

"When we all purchased our homes, we purchased with the understanding that we backed up to an empty lot that is zoned as residential."

The project now goes to the board of zoning appeals. That meeting will take place March 17 at 5:30 p.m.

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