“Can CVS just claim part of the alley?”

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“Dear PoPville,

The 1418 P Street NW CVS behind my building set up a metal shipping container in the alley a couple of weeks ago. Over the past week it looks like they ran electricity to it. First, the container is partially obstructing a very busy alley behind Whole Foods; second there has been no permit displayed for the electrical work and it all looks very dicey. Can CVS just claim part of the alley? If not, who in the DC government should I contact to have the alley cleared? Also, is this some type of illegal structure or construction, since there is no permit? Also, I am not an electrician but some loose wire does not look like code—who should I contact about possibly illegal work?

I would not be surprised if some pop-up business did this, but a large corporation?

While we are at it, their garbage truck comes at 5am (on Saturdays, nonetheless!) and is quite noisy. Do noise regulations govern the hours their trash truck can come?”

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