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November 15, 2019
Update On Responses To Midtown Request For Expressions of Interest

The City of Santa Fe is delighted with the scope and diversity of the proposals it has received in response to the Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI)  in its Midtown Development. The deadline for submissions was October 31; 21 proposals came in before that deadline from a variety of local and national firms.


“This response confirms our conviction that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our City,” said Mayor Webber. “The people who have stepped up with proposals are local, national, and international. Their ideas are big and small, immediate and long-term. It’s a great response.”


“The City wanted to cast the widest net possible for ideas and developers,” said Rich Brown, Director of the Office of Economic Development. “That’s why we asked for Expressions of Interest, to better understand what is feasible and how to bring the community’s vision to life.”


The City will begin the evaluation process by organizing the Respondents into these four categories: (see attachment for alphabetical list.)

·        Master Developers:                                     7 Respondents

·        Project Developers:                                     5 Respondents

·        Business Owner / Academic Institutions:     5 Respondents

·        Business Tenants:                                        4 Respondents


The Respondents are based in various parts of the country and around the globe.  All of the Master Developers have strong local partners in Santa Fe.  All of the Respondents in the other categories are Santa Fe based.


The City will continue to follow the New Mexico State procurement laws, which require that contents of the submissions not be made public until the final selections have been made by the City’s Governing Body. 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 comprised of City leadership and City subject matter experts including 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.


“This has to be the right mix of uses,” said Daniel Hernandez, “with academic uses as a key driver, along with housing, business and technology, entertainment, and neighborhood servicing retail to create a vibrant mixed-use district where people can live, work, learn and play. In addition, housing affordability for Santa Fe households and other community development objectives will inform much of the review and evaluation process."


The review process allows the City to do its due diligence, establishing the scope of the projects, the firms’ experience and assessing their ability to deliver on their projects.


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 pre-development review process moves forward.

Midtown RFEI Respondents-List [PDF]

Lilia Chacon

Communications Director

City of Santa Fe

200 Lincoln Ave.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

O: 505-955-6045

C: 505-670-0719

E: [bot protected email address]





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