Posted tagged ‘alleys’

Reminder — Call 311 for Bulk Trash Collection

June 14, 2012

I’ve been receiving a number of requests from residents to assist them with getting bulk trash out of their alleys lately.  This usually includes old mattresses, but can include anything that doesn’t fit in the trash can put out for regular trash collection.

The easy answer to this problem is the Citywide call center at 311. By dialing 311 you can report illegal dumping if you notice some in your alley. You can also dial 311 to schedule a bulk trash collection. I suspect that some of the problems I’ve been alerted to are nothing more than residents putting bulk trash out for their regular trash pick up and not realizing that they need to make a special call … so … I am including the information from DPW’s Website on the issue below.

DPW collects large, bulky items by appointment from residential households that receive DPW trash collection service. These households include single-family homes and residential buildings with three or fewer living units. Call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 to make an appointment, which is usually available within seven to 10 days of your call. Up to seven items may be collected at one time. Customers with more than seven items may request additional appointments.

Bulk items are picked up at the same place you set out your regular trash.

Acceptable Bulk Items

  • Air conditioners (drain water and fluids)
  • Hot water heaters
  • Household furniture
  • Large toys (kiddie pools, playhouses, disassembled swing sets)
  • Major appliances, e.g., refrigerators (doors removed)
  • Mattresses and bed frames (MUST be wrapped in plastic)
  • Rugs (MUST be rolled and tied)

Unacceptable Bulk Items

  • Books
  • Bricks
  • Ceiling tile
  • Construction Materials
  • Demolition materials
  • Dirt
  • Drywall
  • Hazardous and/or liquid waste
  • Household trash or garbage
  • Small tree limbs (should be tied and placed with regular trash)
  • Tree stumps
  • Tires

Residents also may drop off a small number of bulk items at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station at 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE, weekdays from 1 pm to 5 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm. The transfer station is closed on holidays. Up to four tires may be brought to Ft. Totten only for disposal. Apartment buildings with four or more units, condominiums, co-ops and other commercial properties must have their bulk items removed by a private, licensed hauler. Find a list of registered recycling haulers in the Commercial Recycling Guide.

Renovation material as bricks, concrete, construction and demolition materials, and dirt are not accepted at Ft. Totten. Please visit for a list of construction and demolition companies who may haul these items.

How You Can Help

  • Call 311 to set up an appointment before putting your bulk items out for collection.
  • Put your bulk items out no earlier than 6:30 pm the day before and no later than 6 am on the day they are to be collected. Place them where your trash and recycling are collected. You could receive a sanitation violation ticket if these items are in the public space at any time other than your collection appointment.
  • Remember, no more than seven items will be collected per appointment.


Another Area Alley Gets Renovated

June 2, 2011

The configuration of the alley between the 400 b/o Otis and Newton Places

Another alley in the neighborhood is in the final stages of getting replaced. This one is in the middle of the block bordered by Park Place, Newton Place, Warder Street, and Otis Place. Unlike the earlier alley renovations, this one is a straight forward concrete alley as that is the type of alley it is replacing.

The rebuilding of this alley came as a bit of a surprise to me. The last time I checked with DDOT, this alley wasn’t scheduled for replacement until FY2014. Then again, perhaps DDOT and I were talking about different sides of Newton. Whatever the reason, its nice to have an alley that desperately needed attention being redone.

Alley work from the entrance off of Otis Place

A view from the Warder Street entrance showing a completed section of alley


Area Alleys Continue to Get Restored

March 29, 2011

Map showing location of alley currently being renovated

The areas alleys are continuing to be renovated following a trend that began back in 2008. The alley getting renovated this time is bordered by Quincy Street (north), 7th Street (east), Rock Creek Church Road (south), and 8th Street (west).

Like the alley that was done in April 2010 one block to the south, the two that were done in the Summer and Fall of 2009 between Park Place (east), Warder (west), Rock Creek Church Road (north), and Princeton Place (south), and the alley between the Park View Rec Center and Quebec Place in 2008,  this alley will also be done in brick.

I know that there are many other alleys in the area that are in desperate need to repair. The ones serving residents on Newton Place come to mind. According to DDOT,  the alley located on the 400 block of  Newton Place is on the FY2014 schedule for repaving/reconstruction. Ahead of that is the alley located on the 600 block of Newton Place, which is on the FY2012 schedule for repaving/reconstruction.

Below are some images of the current alley project.


Is Rat Control Important to You?

June 23, 2010

It is hoped that the alleys in yellow can be targeted in one or two rat abatement visits

Rats, and the need to keep them in check, is an issue that comes up from time to time. The current effort to do a comprehensive baiting effort in northern Park View is not the first, nor will it be the last. It is also a problem common to the majority of the city.

In order to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Department of Health’s Rodent and Vector Control Division when they visit the community to bait the alley’s, the Park View UNC — with John Hanly leading the effort — is taking the proactive approach of getting signed petitions in place granting the DoH permission to enter onto private property if they see rat burrows.

As you can see from the accompanying map, the alleys in yellow are the target alleys. The areas in green indicate blocks where volunteers have stepped up take the lead in gathering signatures.

The deadline for the collection of signatures is the next UNC meeting on July 7th. If you haven’t been approached and want to grant permission — or, if you want to volunteer to collect signatures — feel free to contact Hanly at the following email address: johnhanly (at) mac (dot) com

Hanly’s message to the Park View UNC listserv included the following message:

It was made clear in the last survey of the neighborhood that Rats are one of the major problems we have. The UNC is working with the city on a UNC wide Rat abatement effort. This will be part education and part action. For the action part we are coordinating with the city to have inspectors check all the alleys in a short space of time which we hope will be more effective than them just coming out to check one house at a time.

In order for this to be really effective the city would like access to as many back yards as possible to check for problems and fix them. Permission to access your back yard is given by signing the petition. This is where you come in. We need two things

  1. People to help gather the signatures from your neighbors
  2. People who’s backyards back onto an alley to sign the petition

We have 12 alleys to work on so really need people to help make this possible.


Graffiti in the Newton/Otis Place Alley is Out of Control

May 11, 2010

I was alerted to some graffiti in the alley bordered by Newton, Park Place, Otis Place, and Warder Street and went to check it out. I was amazed at how bad it is. I was also disheartened that nearly all of it is on private property, which means that the City won’t address it without a signed consent form from the owner.

Should you have a problem with graffiti and need the form, it comes in both English and Spanish.

One of many tagged garages in the alley

More images of tagged garages after the jump>> (more…)

Alley Work Coming to and End

April 30, 2010

Upon speaking with the foreman on the alley reconstruction project between the 700 blocks of Rock Creek Church and Quebec, it sounds like the alley will be completed by Monday of next week. I have to say, this project strikes me as moving along very quickly and efficiently.

As of Thursday, 4/29/10, the crew was in the home stretch doing work on the east end of the alley.

Alley Renovation Update

April 26, 2010

After a week’s worth of work, the renovation of the alley between the 700 blocks of Rock Creek Church and Quebec is moving along at a steady pace. Upon surveying the work over the weekend, it looks like the concrete under-layer is about 50% done and the brick itself is between 1/4 and 1/3 the way done.

It appears to me as if the alley will be completed well before the May 10th estimated end date. Once done, this will mark the fourth renovated alley in northern Park View during the last three years.

Trash Collection During Alley Reconstruction

April 19, 2010

For those that live on the block where the alley work began this morning, trash is sure to be an issue over the next 2-3 weeks. According to the crew doing the work, residents are instructed to put their trash out in the alley as usual (ie Tuesday and Friday) and things will be worked out between DDOT and DPW. Lets hope we don’t see garbage pile up.

Alley Rebuilding Poised to Begin

April 19, 2010

I noticed over the weekend that no parking signs had been  posted along the alley bordered by Georgia Avenue, Rock Creek Church Road, Warder Street, and Quebec Place. From conversations I had with DDOT earlier this year, I know that this alley is scheduled to be re-bricked and was planned to start in April or May so I was fairly certain that’s what this was for. The time frame is from April 19-May 10.

Early this morning, a work crew showed up and I had an opportunity to chat with them. Alley work will begin this morning and be completed in three phases to be the least disruptive as possible. Work will begin on the west end of the alley (closest to Georgia Avenue) since that is the area in the worst condition.

I’ll post instructions for trash collection during this period once I’ve confirmed how it will be handled. Traditionally, trash has been collected from the street side of the properties during alley construction.

Alley between the 700 blks of Rock Creek Church and Quebec. It's long needed attention

The utilities under the alley have been marked -- in this case the lines from Pepco

Heavy equipment started to arrive this morning to begin alley work

Additional equipment that arrived this morning


Much Ado About Bricks and Alleys

April 14, 2010

Temporary asphalt patch due to heavy up

Yesterday began with a flurry of concern over damage that occurred in one of the communities newly redone alleys where a Pepco crew had been working earlier in the week. Folks may recall that the alley bordered by Park Place, Princeton Place, Warder Street, and Quebec Place was rebuilt last October. Today, the alley sports a thick asphalt scar.

Upon closer inspection, the asphalt and the disturbed soil leading from it to a home on Princeton Place had all the tell-tale signs of heavy up work. This was later confirmed to be true.

One of the primary concerns was whether or not the alley would be correctly repaired after the heavy up is completed. DDOT responded to a query on the subject and confirmed that “PEPCO will be responsible for restoring this location with brick. [Their] inspectors will work with PEPCO to ensure that this happens.”


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