Busy Louisville gas station issued order to vacate for violating nuisance ordinance

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A busy Louisville gas station is being forced to close its doors.

The BP gas station at 601 E. Broadway is typically very busy, but the owner is accused of selling more than gasoline and grocery items.

That's why an order to vacate was issued last week.

"This is the first time we have placed an order to vacate for a for profit business in Jefferson County," Democratic Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith said.

Councilwoman Sexton-Smith represents the area and explained why the order to vacate was issued.

"This order to vacate is the result of a continual violation of a nuisance at this businesses," she said.

Sexton-Smith said the violations include trafficking spice, violence and other criminal activity.

"This particular location has had more LMPD service runs that any other for-profit business that we are aware of, at least in the 1st Division," she said.

According to Metro Police, since last year, there have been nearly 1,500 calls for service at the location. The runs include 1316 for LMPD and 161 for EMS and Fire. 

And according to a letter from the Department of Codes and Regulations, the citation and order to vacate the premises was initiated after an employee shot a customer in the head last month.

Sexton Smith said the situation had gotten out of control and out of hand.

33-year-old Munye Adan was employed at the gas station when the shooting happened. He told investigators it was "an accident."

"It is very disturbing to have another business right down the street from you and they have a business that is ran by any means necessary," Smoketown Community Advocate Nachand Hyde-Trabue said.

Hyde-Trabue grew up in Smoketown and owns a business there.

"We are very particular about what you say you are going to plant in our community," she said. 

Hyde-Trabue is also part of a coalition of neighborhoods trying to eliminate problem spots. Last year, the coalition blocked two proposed liquor stores from opening.

"What we are saying is, you're not going to be able to come into our community, we're not allowing people to come inside, companies or predators to be able to come inside our community and do what they want to do within our community," Hyde-Trabue said.

The deadline on the order to vacate is this Friday. However, the owner is appealing the decision and has a hearing scheduled for June 22. If the appeal is unsuccessful, he will have to vacate immediately.

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