City of Santa Fe taking next steps in vision for University of Art and Design


The City of Santa Fe is one step closer to figuring out what will be the vision for the midtown campus.

That’s where the Santa Fe University of Art and Design is right now.

The city is getting ready to release the results from a recent survey of community ideas for the space.

It collected more than 2,000 surveys in which the community rated and ranked options for the university campus.

It is set to close after the spring semester. The 64-acre property is along Saint Michael’s Drive.

Once the city takes over, it’ll have to figure out what to do with the 33 buildings on the property, but there are a lot of ideas.
Elizabeth Camacho with the city’s Economic Development Department says the response to the survey has been great. 
Some of the ideas to transform the property include a maker-space, office areas, a tech hub, local retail shops and cafes, a commercial kitchen, or community garden. 

Some people want to see existing facilities stay or even be expanded.  

“The performance studios, the theater, the film studios I think were built for purpose and people really want to make sure that if that’s what their purpose was that we keep giving to that and give continuity,” she said. 
There’s also an idea to move city hall and other city offices there. 

This week, the city says it will release what the most popular ideas were from the survey. 

Next, five teams of engineers and architects will come up with plans before the community is invited to weigh in those options once again. 

To learn more about how to get involved with the project, click here. 

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