MIDTOWN MONDAY | May 18th, 2020

MIDTOWN MONDAY | May 18th, 2020

This is your weekly update on the pre-development phase of the Midtown site.

KDC/Cienda Partners, the development team (Team Midtown Santa Fe) selected to move forward with the Midtown site, will continue to host “Meet the Developer” meetings every other Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in a virtual format. These “Meet the Developer Meetings” are an essential first step in the continuing public engagement process.

The “Meet the Developer” meetings are designed to be a two-way street, to gather public input while sharing information, and they will continue with several additional “Meet the Developer” public sessions. The public has an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the initial ideas, and the development team gets a better understanding of the public’s goals and aspirations. The series topics are being based on areas where residents expressed the most interest and will continue with sessions that focus on Housing & Affordability along with Film, Education, and Jobs.

The public is invited to submit questions to the development team at following email address: info@midtowndistrictsantafe.com.

Upcoming “Meet the Developer Series”
·      May 26 – Film, Education, & Jobs
·      June 9 – Housing & Affordability

Residents can attend the meetings virtually at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKPVlxk0l-IyxAVEPs2ig0w

Team Midtown has outlined a proposed development approach that is intended to produce new mixed-income affordable housing, create jobs through multimedia and film studio expansion, and create space for recreation, as well as arts and cultural events. The development team’s proposal outlines a healthy communities vision on the 64-acre site that includes collaborations with YouthWorks and Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, as well as HomeWise, Yes Housing, Santa Fe Art Institute, and other local organizations, companies, and businesses with a commitment to creating equitable and healthy communities.

KDC is a Dallas-based development company with strong local ties, including a partnership with Cienda Partners, which worked on such iconic Santa Fe projects and Las Campanas, El Rey Court and La Fonda Hotel.
View the May 12 “Meet the Developer Meeting”, Special Governing Body meeting, and the introductory video here:

In collaboration with the City and the communities of Santa Fe, the development team will listen and explore what it will take to create a live-work-learn-play and shop district based on publically generated guidelines that will continue to be shaped by public engagement, site analysis, and economic studies.

Featured Question of the Week

Why was there no public engagement during the RFEI evaluation process; and, what was the process that led to the Evaluation Committee’s recommendation of the selected development team?

The public engagement process started in 2018 with the creation of the Midtown Planning Guidelines. These guidelines were based upon a series of planning workshops hosted and facilitated by the City, in collaboration with local non-profit organizations and local urban planning and design firms. These planning guidelines, informed by the public, were approved by the City’s Governing Body’s and continue to serve as the basis for the open and competitive solicitation issued by the City to find an experienced and qualified development team. The City held itself accountable to the public by using the Midtown Planning Guidelines as the fundamental requirement for the Selection Criteria. The RFEI also discussed priorities expressed by the public to which the development teams were to respond as part of the competitive RFEI process. The 11-member Evaluation Committee brought various perspectives and disciplines to the evaluation process, which, after extensive deliberations, was unanimous in their selection of Team Midtown Santa Fe. Team Midtown was created by an all-local team of companies and organizations, and they approached KDC and Cienda Partners to provide the necessary capacity to plan and develop a large site like the Midtown District. The unanimous decision of the Evaluation Committee to recommend Team Midtown is a sign of confidence in the approach, experience, and capacity of the developers and development team to achieve the public’s vision for the redevelopment of the Midtown District. The RFEI includes a publicly informed vision, goals, and Selection Criteria, which keeps the process transparent, the City accountable, and the process competitive. The public may access the RFEI on the City’s website at: https://www.santafenm.gov/midtown_site.

Stay safe, stay at home, and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming meetings and more Midtown news and information.


About This Effort
Our public mission, driven by our community and the Midtown Planning Guidelines, is to create the most creative location in the United States, where all Santa Fe residents and visitors can interact, collaborate, fuel passions, build skills, find opportunities, live equitably, and create a bright future—for ourselves, our families, and our greater community. Primary land uses for the Midtown site as identified by community members:•         Mixed-Use Development
•         Residential (including affordable housing)
•         Higher Education
•         Arts, Culture & Entertainment
•         Film & Multimedia Production
•         Businesses in Creative Technology and Entrepreneurship
•         Neighborhood serving Retail, Eateries, and Hospitality
•         Community Health and Recreation
•         Civic Facilities and Public Open Space
….and the requirement that all of these land uses be designed under a model of equitable and sustainable development. These community-driven land uses were used as the foundation for the Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) from master developers, which can be found here.