La Jicarita readers will be glad to know that the City of Santa Fe just announced the three finalists of a group of seven that bid to develop the former College of Santa Fe campus (later, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design): the list does not include the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the semi-autonomous government agency that oversees Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The three finalists are Central Park Santa Fe (that I wrote about in a December 10, 2019 La Jicarita article), KDC Real Estate Development and Investments/Cienda Partners, and Raffles Education Corp.
There remains concern that LANL could still have a presence in Midtown, particularly if Central Park Santa Fe gets the bid. As I stated in the previous La Jicarita article, “It [Midtown] fits into the proposed new road corridors leading directly from Santa Fe, across the Rio Grande, to Los Alamos, as part of the ‘New Mexico Innovation Triangle.’ Santa Fe Innovation Village, LLC, a partner of Central Park Santa Fe, wants to make Santa Fe one of three proposed ‘villages’ that would make up the triangle to include Los Alamos and Albuquerque.”
La Jicarita will continue to cover this story as the city makes its final decision.