THE TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! LATE NIGHT EXCLUSIVE: KANSAS CITY CREATIVES CONFRONT BROOKSIDE ZONING BATTLE!!!
For our late night readers we want to share an important message from one of the premier creative collectives working in Kansas City right now unless draconian City Hall policy crushes their operation.
To wit . . .
THE HAMMERSPACE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP CONFRONTS A TRAGIC BROOKSIDE ZONING CRACKDOWN THAT COULD SENT THE ARTISAN COLLECTIVE TO JOHNSON COUNTY!!!
Think of Hamerspace as a gym, of sorts, for creative people and their workshop has attracted some of the most talent enthusiasts from throughout the metro.
Here's a message from their founder Dave Dalton who is dealing with SHAMEFUL over-regulation from 12th & Oak:
I have had a number of Hammerspace members ask if they could write anyone or help out with the zoning board appeal at the end of the month. Your letters are appreciated.
The current issue, for those not in the loop, is that the city didn't know what a makerspace is (from a codes perspective) and chose to designate us as Artisan Manufacturing.(B4 zone) We contend that we are an artists workspace and personal improvement center focused on STEAM based activities and classes, and providing resources to the creative community of Kansas City. (B3 zone)
The space is zoned B3-2. I am hopeful that we will succeed in presenting our case to the zoning board.
If you choose to write a letter, please keep the following instructions from the zoning board in mind:
"Please note that any petitions and letters presented to the Board in matters other than appeals from denials to issue Certificates of Legal Nonconformance MUST BE SIGNED by the person(s) writing the letter or collecting signatures and NOTARIZED by a notary public OR the individual(s) who secured the signatures on a petition must be present and testify under oath."
So if you are not free to accompany me on August 23rd, and you wish to submit some type of supporting letter, please sign it with a notary present.
And so, we talk a lot the so-called "Creative Class" in Kansas City which is really just a code for consultants and other cheerleaders on the City Hall payroll . . .
Meanwhile, this group of VERY TALENTED PEOPLE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT OF KANSAS CITY by a biz policy and zoning regs that are working against an operation with a great deal of neighborhood and community support.
And all of this inspires our playlist for tonight . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.