Downtown Maintenance Snapshot
In 2012, the DAA maintenance staff provided the following services within the PID.
The Downtown Austin Alliance’s 11-member maintenance team works hard every day to keep downtown clean. Additionally, our staff continuously advocates for improvements that increase downtown’s appearance and its ability to support business investment.
DAA Direct Services
Downtown businesses need clean, accessible alleys to receive deliveries and discard waste. DAA works with the City of Austin’s Public Works Department to identify and prioritize downtown alleys in need of reconstruction and upgraded water and wastewater infrastructure. DAA staff serves as the primary liaison between property and business owners and the Public Works Department to coordinate and communicate construction impacts. In 2012, five downtown alleys were reconstructed and eight water and wastewater improvement projects were completed in the Downtown Public Improvement District.
DAA hires a private contractor to provide non-lethal, non-harmful bird control services in the core downtown area. Our bird control expert uses laser lights and noise devices to discourage birds from roosting in downtown trees – particularly where the DAA encourages outdoor dining and sidewalk cafes. Since Fall 2008, bird roosting downtown has decreased by more than 90 percent.
Downtown Refuse COntract District
The Downtown Refuse Contract District provides specialized refuse removal and recycling services to areas within the Downtown PID with the highest densities of food and beverage establishments. The district is managed by the City of Austin’s Austin Resource Recovery Department and facilitates daily removal of all trash waste and twice-weekly, single-stream recycling services to divert refuse from landfills. The DAA provided the initial impetus and advocacy that led to the creation of this special refuse district, and successfully advocated for its renewal and expansion in 2005, and its renewal in 2010 and 2011. The Downtown Refuse Contract District keeps downtown alleys meticulously clean and free of all litter and refuse odors, and is a model program helping to move the city toward its Zero Waste by 2040 objective.