The restaurant's trash cans, including grease storage, is being kept in the alley between T and Swann Streets. I've heard loud and clear that neighbors are upset that trash cans are in the alley. There are two specific issues that i've heard: it may difficult to turn your vehicle into and out of the alley and the trash may attract rats.
First off, I know that the restaurant was inspected by DPW and received very high marks. I've walked by the trash several times and have found it to be in good order. I have never seen oil or grease leaking from the industrial-strength grease barrel. The trash is collected at least six times per week and often seven. This said, we want to respond to the specific concerns from neighbors.
I met with the owner this morning and I think we've worked out a potential solution. As soon as next week, the grease barrel will be moved to Douglas Auto Repair and will be stored next to their used oil. The empty space next door is owned by a person who leases to Floors on 14th. The owner of Floors on 14th, Kaveh, is in the process of becoming the owner of that property and will then allow Amsterdam Falafel to keep their dumpster behind the gate.
This is incredibly kind of both owners of these stores.
The plan will leave 3-4 recycling and cardboard bins in the alley, but it will remove the most harmful trash and will cut the number of containers in they alley by half. This will reduce the risk for additional rats in the alley and will make it easier for people to maneuver in their cars.
I want to make sure that folks know that both the owner of Amsterdam Falafel and I understand whats going on and are working on a solution.