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Hospital-area hotel in SF may become apartment complex


SANTA FE – Residence Inn by Marriott is looking to apply for a special use permit that would allow it to convert its 120-unit property in Santa Fe, near Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, into apartments.

Jennifer Jenkins of JenkinsGavin Project Management, the company representing Residence Inn, said during an Early Neighborhood Notification meeting on Monday that few alterations would be made to make the conversion from an extended stay hotel to an apartment complex.

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There’s a plan to convert the Residence Inn Marriott in Santa Fe into an apartment complex. (T.S. Last/Journal)

She said there would be some modifications to parking, as codes require more parking spaces for residential complexes than for hotels. She said some renovation of the lobby area would also take palce, as well as minor changes to the units themselves.

An application for a special use permit for the project would go before by the city Board of Adjustment and a decision could come as soon as board’s April 2 meeting.

The apartments would rent for somewhere in the range of $800 to $1,100 per month. Located on 4.6 acres at 1698 Galisteo Street near the intersection of St. Michael’s Drive, the Residence Inn is a short walk west of the hospital and near other medical offices.

“This fits in well with the city’s desire to put housing where jobs are,” Jenkins said.

Luis Castillo, general manager of the Residence Inn, said 90 units of about 550 square feet would be converted to studio apartments and 30 units measuring about 1,050 square feet would be transformed into one-bedroom apartments. All of them already have fully equipped kitchens and full-size appliances, he said.

Castillo said the conversion wouldn’t happen right away. Residence Inn by Marriott wants to keep a presence in Santa Fe, he said, and the transition won’t take place until after a new location is identified and a new hotel is built.

The current Residence Inn was built in the 1980s. Residence Inn by Marriott plans to maintain ownership of the property after the units are converted into apartments, Castillo said.

Just five people attended Monday night’s ENN meeting. The only concerns expressed had to do with traffic and parking and whether there would be limitations placed on the number of people who could occupy an apartment.

Jenkins said she expected there would likely be some restrictions placed on the number of occupants — “I’m sure they wouldn’t let a family of four rent a studio,” she said — and that a study indicated the overall volume of traffic coming and going from the property would decrease.

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