I just received an email from a resident who lives near that intersection. He writes:
"The smell has been on and off during the winter months with the most likely culprit being the Bayside Oil depot and possibly as a result of their tanks being filled from a barge. Regardless, when that oil/petroleum smell is in the air it is overwhelming and strong enough to smell inside if you don't shut and lock all windows for those of us who live nearby."
Apparently, the smell is just one of the issues. Noise and dust from other nearby businesses are also making things tough for those living close to the corner of 9th and Smith Street.
Worried about health concerns, a small group of residents has now organized to shed light on this quality of life issue. Hoping to gather supporting data, the group is circulating a survey on Surveymonkey.
If you live nearby, you may want to take a few minutes to answer some quick questions. You can access the "Smith Street Stank, Dust And Noise Survey" here.