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June 9, 2020
Midtown Weekly Update June 9,

“Meet the Developer” Series Continues with Arts and Innovation, then Housing & Affordability

The Midtown development team, Team Midtown (KDC/Cienda Partners), continues their “Meet the Developer” meetings which have been scheduled 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. Residents can attend the meetings virtually at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKPVlxk0l-IyxAVEPs2ig0w.  The next “Meet the Developer” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will feature a conversation about the development team’s vision for how Arts and Innovation will be integrated into the redevelopment. 

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

The “Meet the Developer” meetings are designed to be a two-way street, to gather public input while sharing information. The public has an opportunity to submit questions and learn more about the initial ideas, and the developer gets a better understanding of the public’s goals and aspirations and continue their information gathering to further education of the community’s wants and needs. The series topics are based on those areas where residents expressed the most interest and will continue with the next session on June 23 that focuses on Housing & Affordability. 

Upcoming “Meet the Developer Series”

June 9 – Arts & Innovation

June 23 – Housing & Affordability

Residents can attend the meetings virtually at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKPVlxk0l-IyxAVEPs2ig0w. Questions can also be submitted via the live chat function during the meeting.

View previous “Meet the Developer Meetings”, Special Governing Body meeting, and the introductory video on the Midtown YouTube Channel here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qoymhNmPC3_p79SlheEge7q7GABzNvDa/view

The development team and the City will continue public engagement, either virtually or in person, throughout the year to inform development plans for the Midtown District.

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 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.

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 FAQ:

Arts and Culture is part of Santa Fe - it's why people love Santa Fe and want to live and visit here.  I've heard that the arts will be a significant component in the future of Midtown.  How will it be incorporated into the urban design, the new businesses and technology, as well as the public programming of Midtown District?

The RFEI followed the strategies set forth in the Midtown Planning Guidelines regarding Arts & Creativity. The Planning Guidelines outlined goals that stipulated the reuse of the Greer Garson Theater, the Visual Arts Center, and Santa Fe Art Institute. Presently, the City and Team Midtown have moved these fundamental goals forward and are including the Garson Studios with a new film school, Fogelson Library, and Benildus Hall as public resources for arts and creativity, as part of the vision. So, they are including these strategies in their initial thinking to test their viability. In addition, the Midtown Planning Guideline goals included developing and programming public open spaces with performance arts events, as well as visual arts through the reuse of existing outdoor sculptures.

Public accessibility to cultural resources is one component of equitable development at Midtown District. It is also the essential component of creating innovation districts.  Grouping uses in the District that include academics, arts, film, technology, and local entrepreneurs creates the synergies that make exciting places where innovation and creativity happens by and among people.

For more information visit https://midtowndistrictsantafe.com/

See more FAQs at the Midtown District website.

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

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