Midtown Monday for March 30, 2020

This is your weekly update on the predevelopment phase of the Midtown site. 
The COVID-19 outbreak is a full-blown public health crisis in New Mexico and across the globe, and we’re working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to identify, develop, and share resources with Santa Feans to minimize negative impacts. If you’ve been impacted by COVID-19, visit AllTogetherSantaFe.org for a growing list of resources to help us get through this together and be ready for a strong recovery.

SHIFTING ENGAGEMENT PLANS & PRIORITIES

As we continue to adapt to the rapid changes and mounting challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak, the City is exploring new tools and channels for two-way communication and information sharing between the Governing Body and the public. Many of these tools and channels will be safe virtual alternatives to meetings, workshops, and other public gatherings, but all must prioritize accessibility and inclusivity as we get ready to move into the next phase of Midtown public engagement.

IMPORTANT DATES ON THE MIDTOWN PREDEVELOPMENT TIMELINE

Mar 11, 2020:  The evaluation committee recommended a finalist master developer to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the City of Santa Fe Governing Body.

Mar 11 to Apr 13, 2020:  The Governing Body is reviewing all RFEI submission materials from the master developer respondents, as well as documents generated by the evaluation committee and the Requests for Clarifications.

Mar 25, 2020: The Governing Body held executive session deliberations regarding their RFEI reviews.

 Apr 8, 2020: The Governing Body continues executive session deliberations regarding their RFEI reviews.

 Apr 13, 2020: The Governing Body performs final deliberations and approval of the evaluation committee’s recommendation to enter into an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the finalist master developer. Note: This date is tentative based on changing circumstances.

 Late April/early May, 2020:  City-wide public engagement begins to refine public policy and community development objectives for the future of Midtown Santa Fe. 

WE’RE TAKING YOUR QUESTIONS

What’s an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement? Is an RFEI the same as an RFP?

We’re in the process of creating a comprehensive list of resources for you on the Midtown website, including answers to these and many of your other most frequently-asked questions. We’re inviting you to submit YOUR questions about the Midtown Redevelopment process. We’ll do our best to answer them as quickly as we can on the website.

Stay safe, stay at home, and stay tuned for more Midtown updates as they happen.

In partnership,

The City of Santa Fe’s Midtown Redevelopment Team
 
About This Effort
Our public mission, driven by our community and the Midtown Planning Guidelines, is to create the most creative location in the United States, where all Santa Fe residents and visitors can interact, collaborate, fuel passions, build skills, find opportunities, live equitably, and create a bright future—for ourselves, our families, and our greater community. Primary land uses for the Midtown site as identified by community members:
•         Mixed-Use Development
•         Residential (including affordable housing)
•         Higher Education
•         Arts, Culture & Entertainment
•         Film & Multimedia Production
•         Businesses in Creative Technology and Entrepreneurship
•         Neighborhood serving Retail, Eateries, and Hospitality
•         Community Health and Recreation
•         Civic Facilities and Public Open Space
 
….and the requirement that all of these land uses be designed under a model of equitable and sustainable development. These community-driven land uses were used as the foundation for the Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) from master developers, which can be found here.