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MIDTOWN MONDAY | MAY 18TH, 2020

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

Master Developers KDC/Cienda, the developers 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 community 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 developer 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 Education and Jobs.

The public is invited to submit questions to the development team at following email address: [bot protected email address].

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

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

KDC/Cienda 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 developers’ 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:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qoymhNmPC3_p79SlheEge7q7GABzNvDa/view 

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.

MIDTOWN MONDAY | May 4th, 2020

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

Today, Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m., the Santa Fe Governing Body will host a Special Meeting to vote whether to enter into an agreement with the proposed development team. This will launch the process for working with the City and communities to understand the vision, aspirations, and grounded objectives for the redevelopment of the Midtown Site.

The meeting will be hosted on the City’s YouTube channel at which City Council hearings are held: www.youtube.com/user/cityofsantafe.

Radio Broadcast, the meeting can be heard on: radio station KSFR 101.1.

The public is invited to submit questions through Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m. to the development team at following email address:
[bot protected email address].

Live questions – YouTube interface (access on the City’s Weekly Meetings website): https://www.santafenm.gov/weekly_meeting_list__agendas

We anticipate there will be on-going questions. So, there will be a series of follow-up meetings titled "Meet the Developer". Questions may be submitted during the meeting via YouTube chat. Additional questions may also be submitted at any time
at [bot protected email address]The City will continue to respond to questions and the Midtown FAQ's section is also available on the City's Website.

What’s next: After the vote on May 4, the City and the development team will kick-off the first in a series of sessions for the public to Meet the Developer and learn more about their initial ideas, and for the developer to get a better understanding of the public’s goals and aspirations.

The series will continue with 4-5 subsequent sessions that will be topic specific, e.g. Housing and Housing Affordability; Transportation and Connectivity; Job Creation, Career Training and Job Placement; Sustainable Sites & Green Building; Master Planning and Urban Design. (Topics and dates still in the works). The public will be able to submit questions in advance and live on the City’s YouTube channel where public meetings can be accessed.

How does the public have a voice: Santa Feans’ input on this project has been a roadmap for decision-making since the beginning. The community wanted a place that would provide housing, retail, education, arts and culture, digital entertainment and community services. We are proceeding with a community-focused public engagement process and want to establish a Public Engagement Advisory Group with community and civic organizations and leaders.

The sole charge of the Advisory Group will be to develop a plan of action and make sure Santa Fe voices are heard.  The City still intends to provide small stipends funds (grants) to organizations interested in facilitating public events with outcomes that help inform the Midtown development plan.  A focus of the outcomes will remain on community development and public policies that address the unintended consequences of development and actually work toward intentional development strategies that lead to neighborhood stabilization and anti-displacement.

 THE SPECIAL MEETING PUBLIC AGENDA:

  1. CALL TO ORDER
  2. ROLL CALL
  3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
  4. Midtown Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with Master Developer & Presentation by Development Team. (Rich Brown, Economic Development Director, [bot protected email address], 955-6625)
  •  Introduction Regarding the Request for Expressions of Interest Process, Purpose of Meeting, and Agenda Overview. (Mayor Webber; Richard Brown, Economic Development Director
  • Request for Approval of a Twelve-Month Exclusive Negotiation Agreement between City and KDC Cienda SF Investments One L.P. for the Purpose of Determining Terms for a Disposition and Development Agreement for the Midtown Property, Formerly Known as the College of Santa Fe and Formerly Operated as the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. (Daniel Hernandez, Proyecto, Midtown Project Manager, [bot protected email address], 917-930-0106; Erin K. McSherry, City Attorney, [bot protected email address], 955-6512
  • Presentation by Team Midtown Santa Fe (Led by KDC Cienda SF Investments One L.P.) Including Responses to Questions from the Public Submitted in Advance of and During the Presentation. (Daniel Hernandez, Proyecto, Midtown Project Manager; and Team Midtown Santa Fe, Development Team)
  • Presentation of Next Steps for the Midtown Project. (Daniel Hernandez, Proyecto, Midtown Project Manager)
  1. ADJOURN

DEVELOPMENT SELECTION PROCESS
Many different groups are involved in building great city places like the Midtown Site.  Generally, three core entities are engaged in large-scale development like the Midtown District: 1) the Public, 2) Developers, and 3) Government (staff and elected officials).  The entities in this three-legged stool share principles, goals, and aspirations to guide their decisions.

The Midtown Evaluation Committee, a team of 11 members with various professional skill and backgrounds, arrived at a recommended development team through an open and competitive process. They used three core criteria to arrive at a unanimous decision about a qualified development team – approach, experience, and capacity.

  1. The experience and approach criteria considered whether the development team had an understanding of Santa Fe – its history, culture, and community dynamics.
  1. The approach criterion considered the development team’s understanding of the types of development and principles that Santa Fe desired and whether the development team has a commitment to triple-bottom line sustainable development – equity, environment, economy.
  1. The capacity criterion considered whether the development team could manage and implement a large-scale project in Santa Fe.

While the criteria seemed like a tall order to fill, the richness of Santa Fe attracted high quality competitive responses that included development teams with strong ties to Santa Fe.

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

Midtown Monday |April 27, 2020

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site.

Next week, Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m., the Santa Fe Governing Body will host a Special Meeting to vote whether to enter into an agreement with the proposed development team to begin the process of working with the City and constituent groups to understand the vision, aspirations, and grounded objectives for the redevelopment of the Midtown Site. 

The meeting will be hosted on the City’s YouTube channel at which City Council hearings are held: www.youtube.com/user/cityofsantafe.

The public is invited to submit questions through Monday, May 4 at 1 p.m. to the development team at following email address:

[bot protected email address].

Building great places in cities involves the participation of many groups.  Generally, three core entities are engaged in large-scale development like the Midtown District for the to be a success: 1) the Public, 2) Developers, and 3) Government (staff and elected officials).  The entities of this three-legged stool start their work together by creating shared principles, goals, and aspirations that will guide their decisions in the planning and development process.  May 4 launches the process for bringing those three entities together with the introduction of the developer.

DEVELOPMENT SELECTION PROCESS

An 11-member Midtown Evaluation Committee, comprised of staff from various City departments with a range of professional skills and backgrounds, arrived at a unanimous decision to recommend a qualified development team based on three competitive criteria – approach, experience, and capacity

  1. The experience and approach criteria considered whether the development team had an understanding of Santa Fe – its history, culture, and community dynamics.

 

  1. The approach criterion considered the development team’s understanding of the types of development and principles that Santa Fe desired and whether the development team has a commitment to triple-bottom line sustainable development – equity, environment, economy.

 

  1. The capacity criterion considered whether the development team could manage and implement a large-scale project in Santa Fe.

While the criteria seemed like a tall order to fill, the richness of Santa Fe attracted high quality competitive responses that included development teams with strong ties to Santa Fe. 

After the vote on May 4, the City and the development team will kick-off the first in a series of sessions to Meet the Developer and learn more about their initial ideas, and for them to get a better understanding of your goals and aspirations. The series will be topic oriented and the public will be able to submit questions in advance and live on the City’s YouTube channel where public meetings can be accessed.

 

FAQ OF THE WEEK

Q:   What is an RFEI vs an RFP, and how does it relate to the evaluation and selection of the development team?

A standard RFP, or Request for Proposals, is a solicitation for formal proposals from respondents. They are often detailed with a request for the scope of work, proposed fee or price, and the criteria for evaluating the viability of the respondent and their proposal to meet objectives.  Government-issued RFP processes are typically regulated by federal, state, or local procurement codes.  In the City of Santa Fe, the process is regulated by State procurement codes.

The RFP process is often used for the sale or lease of publically owned property to create a competition so that the government entity can gather and evaluate the proposals to determine if they achieve their stated objectives.

In these processes, the standard practice is that the city department that issued the RFP negotiates with the respondent.  Once negotiations are finalized, the proposal is put into a contract for the Governing Body’s review and approval.

An RFEI, or Request for Expressions of Interest, is similar to an RFP.  However, the City established a creative process that provided for a period of negotiation and engagement in which the “proposal,” in the case of the Midtown Site, would occur in a more collaborative way with the public, and City (department staff and elected officials). 

The RFEI opened the door for a variety of interested respondents to submit their ideas and possibilities – their approach, rather than a formal proposal submitted in an RFP.  It was designed to ensure that good ideas were backed by experience on similar projects, included an understanding of Santa Fe, and had the capacity to implement those ideas.  The RFEI allows for a more interactive process to develop the final plan or proposal for the Midtown Site with a qualified development team. The final plan or proposal may take many months to complete.  The RFEI also provides the opportunity for the City to contract with the developer, based on a completed development plan, through a final sale or lease agreement for the Governing Body’s review and approval.

 

MIDTOWN MONDAY | APRIL 20, 2020
 

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site.

Like all Santa Feans, we continue to navigate the challenges of a new normal in life and work amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Part of that adjustment is balancing how government continues to move important things forward to prevent backslides and keep us well-positioned for a strong recovery, while being as thoughtful as possible in providing ways for all of us to participate in civic life in some way. 
 
WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE?

Rescheduling the Special Meeting for Midtown District Santa Fe has provided an opportunity to restart public engagement.  In addition, it has allowed the City and developer adequate time to review the terms of an agreement to proceed with predevelopment activities. It is also providing time for the Governing Body to further vet the recommendation made by the Midtown Evaluation Committee’s based on the conceptual approach, experience, and capacity of the master developer finalists.
 
WHAT IS THE RESCHEDULED DATE OF SPECIAL MEETING?
A Midtown District Special Meeting with the Governing Body that was tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 13 was rescheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020. The purpose of the meeting is for the Governing Body to vote on entering into an agreement with the Midtown Evaluation Committee’s recommended master developer finalist, identified in an extensive competitive sealed solicitation process.  

HOW CAN THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATE IN THE SPECIAL MEETING?

The Special Meeting on May 4 provides the public an opportunity to learn more about the recommended master development team, as they present their general approach, experience, and capacity to create and implement a development plan for Midtown through a collaborative process with the City and Santa Fe communities.  The public is invited to submit questions prior to May 4 that will be answered at the Special Meeting.  The City has created a Midtown District Santa Fe email address where the public may submit questions in advance of the meeting: [bot protected email address]

FAQ OF THE WEEK

Q:  Why have the names of the Midtown Evaluation Committee members been kept private?
 
To prevent any sort of real or perceived preferential treatment or outside influences on the Midtown procurement and evaluation process, the identities of Midtown Evaluation Committee members were kept private.  The composition of the committee was made public in the RFEI and again when the Evaluation Committee was formed with the objective of informing the public of the City’s commitment to establishing an unbiased committee with a broad range of expertise and perspectives that would be brought to the RFEI review and evaluation process.   To provide that assurance to the public, the City publicly listed the various departments and staff positions.  The Evaluation Committee received training in state procurement code and on the RFEI evaluation and selection criteria upon which their work would be based.  They have been highly disciplined in their responsibilities and public service to ensure the integrity of a fair competition without undue or external influences that might otherwise contaminate the evaluations process. Their charge was to review and evaluate based solely on objective criteria publically stated in the RFEI.  Of greater importance, after many weekly meetings in which the committee members deliberated, and a presentation and interview with the master development team finalists, the Midtown Evaluation Committee arrived at a completely unanimous decision.
 
As the Governing Body concludes its own review of the sound recommendation made by the Evaluation Committee and the RFEI submission packages, the members of the committee have agreed to publicly provide their identities.  They are extremely proud of the work that they undertook in a highly professional and disciplined manner.
 
Evaluation Committee
City Departments

  1. Erick Aune,
    Director Metropolitan Planning Organization
  2. Richard Brown,
    Director Office of Economic Development
  3. Jesse Guillen,
    Legislative Liaison City Attorney’s Office
  4. Eli Issacson,
    Director Land Use Department
  5. Pauline Kamiyama,
    Director Department of Art and Cultural Affairs
  6. Alexandra Ladd,
    Director Office of Affordable Housing
  7. Lee Logston,
    Land Use Department
  8. Jarel LaPan Hill,            
    City Manager
  9. Mary McCoy,
    Director Finance Department
  10. Kristine Mihelcic,
    Director Constituent and Council Services
  11. Regina Wheeler,
    Director Public Works Department

In addition, an advisory team provided the committee with sufficient support and technical expertise to perform their evaluations.  The advisory team included:
 
Advisory Team
Consultants

  1. Daniel Hernandez, Proyecto
    (Project Management and Real Estate Development)
  2. Dena Belzer, Strategic Economics
    (Economic Analysis & Land Valuation)
  3. Stefan Pellegrino, Opticos Design
    (Urban Planning & Land Use)

City Staff

  1. Erin McSherry               
    City Attorney
  2. Marcos Martinez                     
    City Attorney (Procurement)
  3. Andrea Salazar             
    City Attorney (Real Estate)
  4. Fran Dunaway              
    Purchasing Office (Procurement)
  5. Bradley Fluetsch                      
    Finance Department (Budget and Finance)
  6. Sam Burnett                  
    Public Works (Property Management)

 
It should also be noted that the Governing Body did not review the RFEI submission packages while the Evaluation Committee was performing its duties.  Their objective was to prevent any outside influences on the committee’s important work.  They exercised great discipline and restraint, as well as patience, to allow this very important procurement process to take its course, as it was publicly outlined in the RFEI.  They are finalizing their own reviews and preparing for the Special Meeting on May 4.

See more FAQs at the Midtown District website.
 
Stay safe, stay at home, and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming special meeting and more Midtown news and information.

MIDTOWN MONDAY | APRIL 13, 2020
 

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site.

Like all Santa Feans, we continue to navigate the challenges of a new normal in life and work amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Part of that adjustment is balancing how we continue to move important things forward to prevent backslides and keep us well-positioned for a strong recovery, while allowing plenty of extra time, space and thoughtfulness in the process. 
 
In that spirit, we’ve postponed the special public meeting that was set for tonight—Monday, April 13—to ensure that the City and developer have adequate time to review the terms of an agreement to proceed with predevelopment activities, and to provide a safe venue so that this important event is hosted in a way that is accessible to as many Santa Feans as possible. 
 
Stay tuned for an announcement about the new date, which we plan to post this week, and for more information on how you can access and participate in the event.

WHAT IS THIS SPECIAL MEETING FOR?

At the rescheduled special meeting (date to be announced later this week) the Governing Body will vote on the Midtown District evaluation committee’s recommendation to begin negotiations between the City and the developer that ranked highest during the RFEI submission review process. 
 
That recommendation was made by the evaluation committee on March 11, 2020. In the month since then, the Governing Body has been reviewing the RFEI submission packages and other materials on which the evaluation committee based their recommendation, asking questions of the developer, and deliberating the committee’s recommendation. 
 
This vote is an important milestone in the Midtown predevelopment process. Approval will represent the shift from the two-year search and evaluation phase to the negotiations and master plan development phase, which could last up to a year or more. 
 
Approval of the evaluation committee’s recommendation will also give the public a chance to meet the developer and their local partners at the special meeting, ask questions, and get a first look at some of the ideas and approaches the developer is recommending for the Midtown District. This virtual event will serve as the kick-off for the next round of public engagement, during which the City, developer, and the community will work in concert to develop a master plan for the Midtown District. 
 
Plans and schedules for engagement activities are still being modified to adapt to current public health and economic concerns. 

FAQ OF THE WEEK

Q: What happens during the exclusive negotiation agreement period? Does this mean the developer is the final choice for Midtown?
 
A: Approval by the Governing Body of the evaluation committee’s recommendation to enter into exclusive negotiations with the highest-scoring developer, the City and developer will enter into what’s called an Exclusive Negotiations Agreement (ENA). The ENA allows the City and developer to explore the terms by which they’ll work together and with the community to develop a master plan for the Midtown District’s redevelopment. 
 
During this phase, the developer will survey the site, perform economic calculations, investigate any issues or surprises, engage the public to dive deeper into shared aspirations for the district, and work with the City to develop the terms for the transfer and development of the site. 
 
The Governing Body’s approval to enter into an ENA does not constitute a final developer selection or the approval of a development plan. It’s an exploratory period where all parties to the process get to know each other to determine if they can in fact work together to develop the Midtown District within the land use parameters and development guidelines outlined by the community in 2018. 
 
If at any time during this period the parties are unable to reach agreeable terms, the City may decide to begin the process again with the other respondents to the RFEI, or begin the solicitation process again—neither of which is a desirable outcome of the ENA period. The primary objective of this period is to establish a successful and collaborative public/private partnership between the City and the developer, which is necessary to achieve the vision, public policy, and community development objectives articulated by the people of Santa Fe.  
 
See more FAQs at the Midtown District website.
 
Stay safe, stay at home, and stay tuned for more information about the upcoming special meeting and more Midtown news and information.

This is Midtown Monday – a communication tool to keep the public informed regarding the status of redevelopment of the Midtown Santa Fe site. At the moment, we have not been consistent in publishing them and we strive to improve. 

Midtown Monday April 6, 2020

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site. 

While we continue to prioritize and funnel City resources into informing and supporting our community during the COVID-19 outbreak, we know you also care deeply about the future of Santa Fe’s Midtown site. We’ll continue to provide weekly updates on key issues and milestones in the Midtown redevelopment project throughout this crisis, with the understanding that any listed dates may change as circumstances change.

MIDTOWN DORM ROOMS REFURBISHED AND REOPENED TO SHELTER AND SUPPORT HOMELESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Parts of the Midtown site have been pressed into service as a homeless shelter during the COVID-19 outbreak. The City of Santa Fe is preparing at least 150 beds in former dorms on the campus to keep high-risk homeless individuals as safe as possible from infection, and to keep those who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19 clear of contact with others. Rooms will be spread out among multiple buildings to maximize distancing. Read more.

WHERE ARE WE NOW?

The Midtown evaluation committee made its recommendation for a finalist master developer to the Governing Body on March 11, 2020. The recommendation was based on the independently-ranked scores from the 11 committee members on each developer’s conceptual approach, experience, capacity, and demonstrated commitment to community ideals. These criteria were set forth in the Midtown redevelopment RFEI (Request for Expressions of Interest), which was created using land use preferences and guiding principles affirmed by the community in 2018. The Governing Body is now reviewing and deliberating on: 

  • All RFEI submission materials from the master developer respondents
  • Documents generated by the evaluation committee 
  • Responses from the developers to Requests for Clarification

On April 13, 2020 the Governing Body will vote to approve the recommendation to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with the finalist developer, which will move us into the negotiation phase with the finalist developer. This phase could last up to a year or more while the City works closely with the finalist developer to conduct due diligence activities on the site, engage the community on refining its ambitions for the site’s development, and negotiating the terms of the development agreement. 

Given public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re revisiting our plans and schedules for the next phase of public engagement. While we hope to begin a modified rollout of safe, accessible, and inclusive engagement activities in May, dates are in flux and may change. We’ll keep you updated in the coming weeks as we learn more.

FAQ OF THE WEEK

Q: Is the Governing Body voting on a development plan for Midtown on April 13?

A: No. The Midtown Development Plan will be created in concert with the community and the City of Santa Fe during the negotiation and public engagement process to come later this year.  On April 13 the Governing Body is set to vote to approve only the recommendation by the evaluation committee that the City enter into exclusive negotiations with the finalist master developer. Those negotiations are meant to allow the City, community, and master developer a chance to work together toward the common goal of creating a final development plan.

See more FAQs, including the criteria used in ranking each developer, in this section of the Midtown website.

Stay safe, stay at home, stay tuned for more next Monday.

In partnership,
The City of Santa Fe’s Midtown Redevelopment Team

http://www.midtowndistrictsantafe.com 

http://www.alltogethersantafe.org 

Midtown Monday March 30, 2020

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site. 

The COVID-19 outbreak is a full-blown public health crisis in New Mexico and across the globe, and we’re working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to identify, develop, and share resources with Santa Feans to minimize negative impacts. If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19, visit AllTogetherSantaFe.org for a growing list of resources to help us get through this together and be ready for a strong recovery.

SHIFTING ENGAGEMENT PLANS & PRIORITIES

As we continue to adapt to the rapid changes and mounting challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City is exploring new tools and channels for two-way communication and information sharing between the Governing Body and the public. Many of these tools and channels will be safe virtual alternatives to meetings, workshops, and other public gatherings, but all must prioritize accessibility and inclusivity as we get ready to move into the next phase of Midtown public engagement. 

IMPORTANT DATES ON THE MIDTOWN PREDEVELOPMENT TIMELINE

Mar 11, 2020:  The evaluation committee recommended a finalist master developer to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the City of Santa Fe Governing Body.
 
Mar 11 to Apr 13, 2020:  The Governing Body is reviewing all RFEI submission materials from the master developer respondents, as well as documents generated by the evaluation committee and the Requests for Clarifications.
 
Mar 25, 2020: The Governing Body held executive session deliberations regarding their RFEI reviews.
 
Apr 8, 2020: The Governing Body continues executive session deliberations regarding their RFEI reviews.
 
Apr 13, 2020: The Governing Body performs final deliberations and approval of the evaluation committee's recommendation to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the finalist master developer. Note: This date is tentative based on changing circumstances.
 
Late April/early May, 2020:  City-wide public engagement begins to refine public policy and community development objectives for the future of Midtown Santa Fe. 

WE’RE TAKING YOUR QUESTIONS

What’s an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement? Is an RFEI the same as an RFP?

We’re in the process of creating a comprehensive list of resources for you on the Midtown website, including answers to these and many of your other most frequently-asked questions. We’re inviting you to submit YOUR questions about the Midtown Redevelopment process. We’ll do our best to answer them as quickly as we can on the website.

Stay safe, stay at home, and stay tuned for more Midtown updates as they happen.

Midtown Monday March 23, 2020 

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site. 

 Much has changed since last Monday. As a City government, our first priority today and in the coming weeks is making sure our community gets the information and resources they need to get through this uniquely challenging time, and to put programs and policies in place to the help mitigate the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen the social, economic, and physical health of our communities.

 Throughout this crisis the Governing Body will continue their hard work to maintain the stability of current policies and initiatives critical to our city’s future, including the Midtown Redevelopment project. As part of that effort, the Governing Body will host a special hearing on April 13, 2020* to provide an opportunity for the public to meet the master developer that the Evaluation Committee is recommending for approval to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the City. 

 *Date corrected from last week’s newsletter where it was listed as March 25.

 Upon approval of the Exclusive Negotiation Agreement, the next phase of public engagement begins, and will be conducted in partnership with the master developer and local community organizations. However, the ongoing public health crisis will impact how Santa Feans are able to access and participate in upcoming public meetings and engagement activities. The City and redevelopment team will be revisiting public engagement plans, ideas, and timelines to ensure an equitable path forward, and we will continue to update you each Monday as things change and our options become more clear.  

In the meantime, thank you for your patience during this unprecedented period of uncertainty. Stay safe, stay home if you can, and we’ll get through this crisis together.

In partnership,

The City of Santa Fe’s Midtown Redevelopment Team

http://www.midtowndistrictsantafe.com 

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 our 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.

Midtown Monday March 16th 

Welcome to Midtown Monday, your weekly email newsletter on the predevelopment of the Midtown site. We’re heading into an exciting phase of this once-in-a-lifetime project with improved public communication and engagement plans to keep you better informed and more actively participating.
 

We’re working to do more, and do better.

Two years ago, we launched a public engagement campaign to learn what you—the people who live, work, learn, and play in our community—envisioned as the ideal use for the newly-vacated Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Campus in Midtown Santa Fe.  This campaign had three phases:

1. Collection: We collected 2,200 survey responses from Santa Fe residents telling us what you most wanted to see developed at the Midtown site.

2. Visioning: Local architects contributed design ideas to help us envision possibilities for a future look and feel for Midtown.

3. Evaluation: 900 Santa Fe residents provided feedback online and through in-person workshops on the architect’s ideas.

All told, we received feedback from more than 3,000 residents across these three phases, but we recognize that we didn’t do enough to reach and solicit input from the communities who stand to be most directly impacted by this project.

Going forward, we're making every effort to ensure that those whose lives and opportunities are most closely connected to changes in the Midtown District are centered in our conversations about its future. Our goal is to create a dynamic urban center that enhances our community for all Santa Feans, and we know we can't do that unless we have all voices represented at the design and planning table. That includes funding local arts, social, and civic organizations to produce generative events and sessions with their constituents in the next phase of public engagement.

We’re also working to improve our communication channels to be sure City employees, Councilors, and the public receive frequent, easy-to-understand updates on what’s happening with Midtown. Watch for upcoming announcements on more ways you can get the information you need.

Developer Recommended, Phase II of Public Engagement set to begin in early April

he Midtown Redevelopment Evaluation Committee has made its recommendation for the most qualified developer to the Governing Body, who will meet with the developer in an executive session* on March 25 to get clarification and ask questions before moving forward with an exclusivity agreement.

Announcement of the selected developer to the press and public is tentatively scheduled for Monday April 13, 2020,** which will kick-off the next phase of public engagement. This phase is designed to make a deep dive into the lived experiences of our community, and to explore how those experiences can and should inform the Midtown Community Development Plan that will guide decisions on the Midtown site. 

Stay tuned to Midtown Mondays for more details on this and other developments as we co-create one of the most exciting community transformations in New Mexico!

Midtown Monday February 10th

The Evaluation Committee, comprised of 11 members who are Directors and Staff from various City Departments, has already identified three finalists from the list of seven Master Developer Respondents. The three Short-Listed Master Developer Respondents are (in alphabetical order):

  • Central Park Santa Fe
  • KDC Real Estate Development and Investments with Cienda Partners
  • Raffles Education Center

What’s New this Week: The Evaluation Committee continued their due diligence by issuing a Request For Clarification (RFC) from the three finalists asking for details of their firm’s economic capacity.  All three respondents received the same queries asking for details about proposed financing for this project, previous financial track records and their capacity to deliver on the proposals they have submitted. The firms will answer those questions during interviews scheduled for Thurs. Feb. 20, and will have until then decide who they want to bring to the interview to make the presentations to the Committee.The Economic evaluation is the first of a series of Requests For Clarification. By the end of this Monday, the Evaluation Committee will issue two additional Requests For Clarifications (RFCs):

  • RFC-- Land Use, Urban Planning, Infrastructure and Sustainability
  • RFC-- Combined Evaluation of Criteria, which will include inquiries about the respondents’ approach to housing and housing affordability, technology and economic development, film and multimedia, arts and culture, public private partnership best practices, public open space and other elements that people in Santa Fe expressed as priorities

Once these interviews are completed the Committee will enter its next phases:

  • Exclusivity Agreement with Finalist– Due Diligence and Negotiations
  • Disposition & Development Agreement – Governing Body Approval

Our mission remains the same as articulated in the Midtown Planning Guidelines. We want the Site to become the most creative location in the U.S. where a wide diversity of people interact and collaborate to find their passions; build their skills for a great career; live in a thriving, vibrant neighborhood and city; and create a great future for our community, region and beyond.

Midtown Monday February 3, 2020

Our weekly outreach is part of an open and transparent process that began and continues with public input.

  1. The public has already weighed in on the vision for what this project needs to be. Public input is the framework for the criteria being used in considering proposals. Do the proposals fit the vision Santa Feans have for this project? This language bears repeating: Public Engagement has been the compass of this project. Since the City first assumed full site management in the summer of 2018, the City undertook an open and concerted effort to engage the public.  The Midtown Planning Guidelines were the result of a planning and design effort that included a broad spectrum of the City’s communities, which were subsequently approved by the Governing Body.  These guidelines continue to serve as the foundation for the developer selection and development process.
  2. The proposals came from firms all over the world and represent a significant investment of time, creativity and effort. These ideas have been submitted to the Evaluation Committee but remain the confidential and intellectual property of the responding firms. Firms that do not make the finalist group could still be considered for collaborations at a later stage of the project. These firms are not willing to lose a competitive advantage by having their intellectual property made public and risk having their visions knocked off by less-original firms. That’s why the proposals are not made public until the contracts have been awarded.
  3. Public input and engagement are continuing. There is no secrecy when every step of the project and the process are in the public domain. The City is strictly complying with the New Mexico Procurement Code to guide and manage the evaluation and selection process.  This is the mayor's commitment to good government and following the rules that protect the public interest. While the procurement regulations require confidentiality of the contents of the respondents’ submission packages, the vision, goals, and criteria used for evaluation and ultimately selection of the master developer are clearly articulated in two very public documents.

Our mission remains the same as articulated in the Midtown Planning Guidelines. We want the Site to become the most creative location in the U.S. where a wide diversity of people interact and collaborate to find their passions; build their skills for a great career; live in a thriving, vibrant neighborhood and city; and create a great future for our community, region and beyond.

Midtown Update from January 29th

This is an update to keep the public informed regarding the status of redevelopment of the Midtown Santa Fe site.

What are this week’s updates?   

The City issued a Midtown Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to Developers, Businesses, including Higher Education Institutions in August 2019 with responses due in October.  The City received 21 responses, seven of which are Master Developer Respondents.  As stated in the RFEI, the City has a preference to work with a Master Developer that has the capacity and experience to redevelop large-scale development projects similar to Midtown.

Since October the Evaluation Committee, comprised of 11 members who are Directors and Staff from various City Departments, has been reviewing the seven Master Developer Respondents.  This month the committee identified three to be Short-Listed.  These Short-Listed Respondents will be asked for additional information to clarify the confidential contents of their RFEI Submission Packages, and will be interviewed. 

The three Short-Listed Master Developer Respondents are (in alphabetical order):

  • Central Park Santa Fe
  • KDC Real Estate Development and Investments with Cienda Partners
  • Raffles Education Center 

All of the teams include strong team participation from local developers, as well as for- and non- profit entities, which is also a priority stated within the RFEI.

The RFEI Criteria focuses on major categories:  Experience, Capacity, Team Composition, Approach and Development Program, and Finance.  A main focus of the deliberations is the capacity of the Master Developer to finance and implement the proposed development project, and their experience and approach to achieving public policy and community development objectives, all of which are described in the Midtown Planning Guidelines.

Mid-Town Development Process

Reponses to the RFEI Will Deliver a Range Of Proposals From Developers, Academic Institutions, Business Tenants And Others

Thursday, October 31, 2019 marks the end of one phase of the mid-town development and the beginning of a new, exciting step in the “once in a lifetime project” in the heart of Santa Fe. By the end of the day on October 31, developers, academic institutions, companies, non-profits, and other interested parties will have submitted their responses to the City Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI’s).  The next step will kick off with an evaluation process that will organize the respondents into these four categories: (1) Master Developers, (2) Project Developers, (3) Businesses and Academic Institutions, and (4) Business Tenants. 

The evaluations will follow the guidelines established in the Midtown Planning Guidelines, adopted unanimously by the City Council. That resolution also called for the creation of a Midtown Steering Committee staffed by the Directors of the critical City Divisions that will be involved in the project as it goes forward. 

Leading the evaluation process will be Daniel Hernandez, the principal of Proyecto, a nationally recognized development advisory firm. In addition, the City has contracted for the services of Strategic Economics, which has expertise in analyzing land uses and land values.

The City will follow the New Mexico State procurement laws, which require that submission packages and contents not be made public until the final selections have been made by the City’s Governing Body.  However, the names of respondents in each of the categories will be made public probably in mid-November, after the Steering Committee has gone through all of the submittals. In addition, City staff and the technical experts will provide regular updates to the Governing Body at study sessions beginning in December and will continue with updates as the evaluation goes on. 

In January 2020, the City will embark on the next phase of civic engagement to share information in public gatherings and to continue gathering community guidance as the development process moves forward.

The City has built the capacity over the course of the year since the early vision workshops in the summer of 2018.  Mayor Webber and his administration are deeply committed to establishing a smart, entrepreneurial, and replicable model for large-scale redevelopment in Santa Fe that integrates community objectives with City public policy goals.  October 31st will begin the next phase of an important and landmark development process for Midtown Santa Fe.

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