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August 5, 2019
RFEI's for Midtown District

City Of Santa Fe Issues Requests For Expressions Of Interest From Developers, Academic Institutions, Builders For Midtown Santa Fe Site

Third Phase of Strategic Plan Asks For Local And National Partners In Creating A Vibrant New Hub For Living, Working, Playing And Learning

The City of Santa Fe is moving forward with one of the most transformative projects in the City’s history, a vision to create a vibrant new hub in the Midtown Santa Fe District in the geographic center of the City.

The Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) is posted on the City’s website, https://www.santafenm.gov/bids_rfps/detail/2005p and is the 3rd phase of a 3-part process that aims to engage developers, academic institutions and businesses interested in being a part of a unique opportunity to help create a burgeoning Midtown Santa Fe District. The RFEI submissions from developers and other entities are due by the end of October.  Developers will be offered tours of the Midtown site in early September.

This 60-plus acre parcel of land represents an historic opportunity for Santa Fe’s future, focusing on housing, higher education, and digital entertainment.

“We are excited by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that this location provides in the center of our city,” said Mayor Webber, “and encouraged by the tremendous interest we are getting from some of the most experienced local and national firms to create our shared vision for a vibrant Midtown Santa Fe District.  It is a testament to the reputation and appeal of our culturally rich and historic city that these people want to be a part of this project.”

The Mayor is asking for a variety of big and little ideas, visions for the 60-plus acre site that would include mixed use retail, housing, entertainment and education, places where people can live, work, learn, shop and play. The Midtown District will be based on best practices in green and sustainable development, as well as equitable participation for Santa Feans who want to be a part of this exciting transformation.

The proposals for the RFEI will be evaluated based on their ability to achieve the goals stated in the Midtown Planning Guidelines, which were approved last summer.  The City’s vision for this project is to create a place that will “become the most creative location in the U.S. where a 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.”

Daniel Hernandez, founder of Proyecto, is serving as Program Manager for the Midtown Project.  He brings a wealth of national experience in large-scale development, with a background in housing and community development.  As part of the city’s strategy to build a strong team, Strategic Economics was selected among 18 respondents to the Economic Analysis & Urban Planning Request for Proposals (RFP).  A woman-owner form, Strategic Economics has a deep track record developing complex land use and land value analytic models, with a commitment to meeting public and community development objectives.  In addition, the city team will soon include a civic engagement firm to meaningfully engage a broad spectrum of Santa Fe communities.  The work of the civic engagement process is to ensure that people’s goals are included in the overall development project.  With the release of this recent RFEI, the city will have a sound team on-board to engage developer and business respondents to the RFEI toward achieving our shared vision.

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