SANTA FE, N.M. — The city of Santa Fe governing body, which includes Mayor Alan Webber and the eight-member city council, voted Monday to enter into a one-year contract with a master developer for the city-owned Midtown site, the former home of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Under the terms of the exclusive negotiating agreement, KDC Real Estate Development and Investments/Cienda Partners’ plans and local partnerships will be made public. As the city has sought to find a master developer for the 64-acre property off St. Michael’s Drive, it has faced criticism for keeping private the responses to its request for expressions of interest in the site.
The only two opposing votes to the one-year “get to know you” deal came from city councilors Renee Villareal and JoAnne Vigil Coppler. Both expressed concern that public input had not been sufficient during the search for a master developer.