The Midtown Santa Fe site holds many memories for many people – both Santa Feans and people around the world who once studied, taught, lived, visited or worked there. The site served as a military hospital in the Second World War before hosting the first officially recognized institution of higher learning in New Mexico – St. Michael’s College. More recently, it served as the campus for Santa Fe University of Art & Design (SFUAD).
With the departure of SFUAD in 2018, the City recognized the importance of this public asset and assumed control of the site. The City and community saw this as an opportunity to redevelop the area in a way that would reflect local values for social equity, environmental responsibility, and financial prosperity. With that in mind, we have deployed resources and strategies to develop Midtown Santa Fe into a cultural center and innovation hub in the geographic center of our city.
The City is committed to making as much information as possible available regarding the site and development of the site. In addition, the City is committed to making informed decisions that achieve public policy and community development objectives based on both experiential data in the community, as well as empirical data available through various databases and technical analyses. The City’s Office of Economic Development will continue to serve as a portal for accessing various documents. In addition, the MySidewalk platform provides a wealth of data regarding the site, surrounding neighborhood, Midtown Local Innovation Corridor (LINC), and Opportunity Zone overlay district.
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ABOUT SANTA FE
Santa Fe, which means Holy Faith in Spanish, is the oldest capital city in North America. Founded in the early 1600s, the City is unlike anywhere else because of its unique blend of history and culture — Native Americans, Spanish settlers, Anglo and Mexican communities have all shaped Santa Fe in some way. Known as a very artistic city, Santa Fe is the creative center of the southwest and has an international reputation for artistic and architectural sophistication.
The City’s Role
The City is undertaking horizontal development activities as the Strategic Planner to facilitate a process for public input regarding the redevelopment of the site, increase the value of the property, and to ensure that shared public objectives are embedded in all future vertical development activities. This development is currently underway and will take 16-18 months.
As the Strategic Planner, the City will move forward with zoning, infrastructure and master planning (horizontal development). Horizontal Development is a term used to described activities related to preparing land or a site for vertical development (buildings and programmed open space). Horizontal Development typically includes zoning and master planning, infrastructure planning and installation of main utility and data lines, circulation and traffic planning, assessment of existing structures for their potential rehabilitation and reuse, as well as other strategic site preparation activities. These activities are often undertaken by the owner of a site to increase its economic value for development, and if owned by a public entity, to ensure that the redevelopment of the site achieves public purposes and goals. Completing horizontal development prior to disposition of property creates higher levels of certainty and reduces risks for developers, while increasing the land value for the owner. Governmental approvals will be required to begin vertical development and the reuse of existing buildings at Midtown.