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Kansas City tow lot relocates to new, environmentally friendly facility
The facility is currently on track to receive a gold rating for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, making it the City's highest rated LEED-certified building. LEED certification is determined by a third-party group that evaluates projects based on established criteria for sustainability in a number of different categories, such as sustainable site work, water and energy efficiency, emissions and air quality.
"To date, the new tow lot represents the most environmentally conscious project the City has taken from design to build to operation," City Manager Wayne A. Cauthen said. "The City Council, mayor and City staff are committed to increasing the energy efficiency and sustainability of projects and the tow lot is a perfect example of that pledge."
The Tow Services Division's new 25-acre facility includes space for about 2,000 cars, new administrative buildings and a vehicle garage where the City's tow trucks are stored.
"The new lot has been designed to be more convenient for our customers," said Lesly Forsberg, manager of the Tow Services Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department. "This includes not only drivers whose cars have been impounded, but also our auction customers, vendors and others with whom we work closely."
The buildings that make up the facility will be extremely energy efficient, using less than half the amount of energy required of a typical building of comparable size. Other sustainable features include stormwater treatment, water efficient landscaping and the use of recycled materials. In addition, the contractor reduced the amount of construction waste that would normally end up in a landfill by 75 percent.
The majority of impounded vehicles will be moved to the new lot Jan. 11. The remaining vehicles, which are those that have been at the lot more than 20 days and are more than 50 percent damaged, will be sold at the old lot at an auction on Jan. 20.
The division's telephone numbers also are changing. The new main telephone number is (816) 513-0670 and the fax number is (816) 513-0698. For information about how to reclaim vehicles, call the 3-1-1 Action Center, 311 or (816) 513-1313. The tow lot hours remain the same; Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Hi, I was looking for info at the Leeds Tow Lot and I noticed that it moved. Several years ago, one of our vehicles was stolen f/our son in Independence, MO. We tracked it down twice and still couldn't get it back. It was taken to the Leeds Lot and a detective named Paul Yonally from the NICB called me to tell me he located it. Then we learned it was sold w/a different VIN # taped on it. I would still like to find that car b/c it was my dead Father-in-Law vehicle and it upset my son something terrible. If I send you a picture, would it be possible to find that car yet. It sold for $750 from the lot and we would be more than willing to pay more than that for it back. Just thought I'd try one more time. Thanks for your help. Mickey Muin, Sedalia, Missouri
Why is the city of Kansas City in the Towing Business? Isn't that a conflict of interest? How much money from private enterprise have you stolen over the years. Why dosen't the city open it's own hambuger chain, or auto parts?