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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 8, 2009

Tow lot relocates to new, environmentally friendly facility

Beginning Jan. 12, the City of Kansas City, Mo., tow lot and administrative functions of the Tow Services Division will be located at 7750 E. Front St. The tow lot's previous address was 3901 Bennington Ave., and the administrative functions were at 6817 Stadium Drive.

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 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.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Teresa Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247, or Deanna Nelson, communications specialist in the Capital Improvements Management Office, (816) 513-2757.

    
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