TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY CROSSROADS NEIGHBORS WILL SUBMIT FINAL PETITIONS AGAINST LIQUOR CODE CHANGE SATURDAY!!!
Our blog community has been following a groundbreaking Kansas City bar biz vs. neighborhood dispute over liquor codes since day one and right now we've got FIRST NEWS of the latest development and an important recap of the sitch.
To wit . . .
FIRST ON TKC!!! CHECK THE LATEST MOVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FIGHT TO SAVE THE CROSSROADS AND AVOID LIQUOR CODE CHANGES THROUGHOUT KANSAS CITY!!!
Again, we believe that in general Kansas City voters tend to agree with strict enforcement of liquor codes and most people don't want to turn the Crossroads into another entertainment district.
Here's the word . . .
The community and neighborhood organizers who have been conducting a referendum to repeal the proposed new liquor license ordinance will turn in their final petitions Saturday afternoon.
Observers say they will submit more than the 3,417 needed to force the KC City Council to either repeal the ordinance or submit it to the voters either on a November or April ballot.
Opponents' message is simple----this proposed ordinance, rammed through the council by Jolie Justus and few Crossroads bar owners, makes it much harder for homeowners to keep bars and nightclubs out of their neighborhood. Property owners half a mile away from a proposed bar or nightclub could overrule the homeowners closest to the location of a proposed liquor establishment that could bring crime, overbearing noise, and late night car traffic to their immediate neighborhood.
The hope of opponents is that the council will repeal the ordinance and conduct a full review of the entire liquor code, much of which is outdated.
If the council decides to allow the ordinance to go to a vote they will encounter a well financed opposition. The Protect of Neighborhoods' Committee has already raised around $50,000 for a campaign according to sources.
This all started when the owners of Tom Town's bar in the Crossroads went to their friend, councilwoman Justus, wanting to break loose from a few restrictions to their liquor license to which they originally consented. Their idea for the wonderful Crossroads ARTS District is to turn into another Westport bar area or a Bourbon Street. To hell with the mixed use atmosphere that has made the Crossroads so popular.
The ordinance was rammed through in 48 hours from committee hearing and council passage on April 28. Only the bar owners testified.
But in their haste to ram it through they didn't worry about the neighborhoods across the city that would be negatively impacted. And now those neighborhoods are fighting back with the petition drive.
You decide . . .