WICKER PARK — A trash can weighed down with plywood bearing a nonofficial sign declaring no parking (along an unzoned street just steps from the busy North, Milwaukee and Damen avenue intersection) due to a dumpster permit smacked of "dibs."
As it turns out — after some research — the owners of a two-flat apartment building, who got city permits on Dec. 10 to convert their century-old property into a single-family home, have a legit dumpster permit that takes up two parking spots.
The home at 1553 N. Hoyne Ave. is owned by Cindy Sobel, a lawyer, and Matthew Greiner, according to county records.
Greiner, a comedy writer and co-author of "Trump's America: The Complete Loser's Guide," said the "no parking sign" was news to him and that he and Sobel did not create it.
"We are not intimately involved [in the construction]. The contractor made the sign. We saw it for the first time yesterday," Greiner said.
According to the DIY sign declaring "No Parking" in bold red letters, a dumpster permit has been issued for the period from Dec. 16, 2016 to July 16, 2017.
A spokesman from Lincoln Square-based Pryor Construction said Monday that his workers made the sign because a full dumpster had been removed last Thursday and during that time, a car had parked there.
"[My worker] went to go empty [the dumpster] and in the meantime somebody parked a car there, so he made the sign. Today, there is a new dumpster there," the spokesman said.
Residents can apply for dumpster permits, issued through the Chicago Department of Transportation.
A CDOT spokeswoman said Monday that National Waste Service, Inc. has a permit for a dumpster, from Dec. 19 through Jan. 17, 2017, at 1553 N. Hoyne Ave.
That permit, which cost $100, was issued just before 12 p.m. Monday and a request for "No Parking" signs was not included in the permit application, the CDOT spokeswoman said.
"The notion of dibs is not any part of the CDOT rules and [regulations]," the spokeswoman added.
The dumpster permits are renewable every month. The Pryor Construction spokesman said the project is scheduled to be completed in mid-July, which is why his worker wrote that on the handmade sign.
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