Now’s the time to speak up if you want a say on what happens with the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus.
The city has undertaken a monthslong project to gather public comment and designs for use of the city-owned, 64-acre site that for-profit Laureate Education, operator of SFUAD, is leaving come June 30.
The city bought the property after the College of Santa Fe folded in 2009, borrowing $29.5 million from the state Finance Authority to do so. The city still has annual debt service payments of about $2.2 million – covered by lease payments by Laureate in the past – for the next 17 years.
So city government has a lot of reasons to come up with a new plan for the property, pretty much smack dab in the middle of town off St. Michael’s Drive.