Update! City Prepares to Launch Extensive Public Input Process on Future of Santa Fe University of Art & Design Site

Priority remains educational use, strategic vision will be developed for the long term

Contact: Matt Ross, Public Information, (505) 955-6045, mross@santafenm.gov

Santa Fe, NM – As the Santa Fe University of Art & Design moves closer to a 2018 closing date, the City of Santa Fe has been preparing for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to repurpose a true gem, located in the geographic center of our community, with the potential to positively impact education, economic development, housing, government services, healthcare and entertainment for our community and anchor the re-development of the St. Michael’s Midtown LINC corridor.

Now city staff and policymakers are reaching out to the public and to experts in design and planning for their help deciding the future of this important parcel.

The public input process follows the passage of Mayor Pro Tem Signe Lindell and Councilor Mike Harris’ resolution outlining a vision for the site that includes higher education as the top priority, along with efforts to address workforce housing shortages, pursue expansion of the film economy, catalyze entrepreneurship, expand community , consider consolidating some city services in this central location, and more.

The input and planning process for the SFUAD site is a natural evolution of the extensive, community-wide engagement seen in the Re-Mike and the Culture Connects arts and culture roadmap processes.

The SFUAD input plan will involve three phases, beginning with Collection in the new year, followed by Visioning from late January through March, and wrapping up with Evaluation in early April.

Each phase will encompass roughly the following:

Collection: Collecting what residents desire for the property, in light of the resolution, using innovative tools including online and in-person collaborative activities and traditional outreach via surveys.

Visioning: Working with Friends of Architecture Santa Fe to recruit and qualify five (5) expert-area groups, including architects, designers and others to create a visual representation based on guidelines developed in the Collection phase. Midway during this phase, residents will be invited to provide feedback on the work in progress to help the designers refine and adjust their work prior to their final submission.

Evaluation: Inviting residents to comment on, add ideas to, and vote formally on their favorite results from the Visioning phase. This will be done in-person at three locations in the center and south side of the City, as well as online to help ensure the maximum amount of participation.

Following all three phases of public input, the City will deliver a final presentation or report to the public and the Governing Body, to include a final proposed strategic vision for the long-term vitality of this important site.

Check back in the new year for more information on the City website, www.SantaFeNM.gov, or email mpbrown@santafenm.gov.

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