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May 12, 2020
Midtown Virtual “Meet The Developer” May 12

Make Your Voice Heard: Virtual “Meet The Developer” May 12

Master Developers KDC/Cienda Part Of Virtual Question and Answer Session 5-7 p.m. Tonight

Santa Feans are invited to participate in a virtual question and answer session with the team that has been selected to move forward with the Midtown planning. With the Governing Body’s approval last week the City entered into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with KDC Real Estate Development & Investments/Cienda Partners. In collaboration with the City and the communities of Santa Fe, the development team will now begin to 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 informed through public engagement, site analysis, and economic studies.

The Meet The Developer public session is a virtual meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the City YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuW5Fb7iWuKpTdsWYNDurgA  This link will also be posted on santafenm.gov.The public is invited to submit questions through Tuesday, May 12 at 1 p.m. to the development team at following email address:[bot protected email address]. The team will also be taking questions live on the YouTube channel, and even though it won't be able to get to all of them tonight, all questions will be answered and compiled in the FAQs on the Midtown website. The sessions provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the initial ideas, and for the developer to get a better understanding of the public’s goals and aspirations. The series will continue with sessions that focus on specific topics, such as: Housing and Housing Affordability; Transportation, Circulation, and Connectivity; Job Creation, Career Training and Job Placement.

About the Developer  

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.

The introductory video can be seen here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qoymhNmPC3_p79SlheEge7q7GABzNvDa/view

The ENS agreement (link here: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/584541/Item_4b.pdf) entitles KDC/Cienda to access the site information in order to understand infrastructure and other important characteristics as part of their analysis.  In addition, their first move forward will be to meet with elected officials and their community constituents, as well as with City departments. 

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