Mon, 31 October 2016
Last Wednesday night Santa Fe City Council voted unanimously, eight to zero, to approve the Local Innovation Corridor Overlay District along St. Michael’s Drive. Work on an overlay district proposal first began in 2011. Then city councilor Rebecca Wurzburger proposed the first ordinance to apply an overlay district to the major roadway which remains today a state highway.
In 2012 a small group assembled by the city’s economic development division worked together on the RE:MIKE festival. The festival demonstrated urban prototyping including stacking shipping containers at the edge of St. Michael’s Village West Shopping Center, owned by Thomas Properties, and also demonstrated renewable energy and landscaping alternatives. RE:MIKE festival organizers included Kate Noble then of the city’s economic Development division, entrepreneur Zane Fischer and AHA! youth initiative leader Shannon Murphy. Housing developer Daniel Werwath was also on the RE:MIKE Steering Committee and conducted volunteer public outreach about the St. Michael’s Drive corridor subsequently. He spoke to KSFR's Ellen Berkovitch last week.