Posted on KO Pies Facebook page:
KO Southie mates -
After almost 5 years in business, we are looking for a little support on something that is about to affect us in a BIG way. There is a proposed development at 45 W 3rd st. that would encompass the KO Southie shop building. We have been part of the community process communicating with the developer, the BRA and neighborhood organizations to make this project as beneficial as possible to everyone in the community. Until now, the process has followed the guidelines and parameters set by the city when big projects like this are proposed. We support the idea of development around us rather than having an underutilized building and an industrial parking sitting idle. However, we have recently learned that the BRA and City of Boston are allowing the developer to apply for a unique PDA (Project Development Area) that would NOT allow KO to challenge any of the current zoning changes that would be required by the normal rules. Approval of the PDA allows the developer to proceed with no further consideration of our business required. We feel it is unfair, damaging to our businesses, and the wrong message to send to developers that if they can’t get things done the traditional way, they can move the goalposts and do it another way. As a small business, our options for challenging this are VERY limited. Thankfully we have one HUGE advantage. We have a LOT of mates who can help us. We are asking as many Southie residents to come down to our Southie shop and sign our petition to the city and the BRA to stop the PDA. You can also print the petition, sign it, and email the signed copy to us. We invite you to attend the community meeting on Wednesday, June 24th at the Artists for Humanity building at 6.30pm. Please feel free to contact us directly for more information via firstname.lastname@example.org . We appreciate your help in saying NO to the PDA for 45 W 3rd.
Thank you-Sam Jackson and the entire KO Crew