Some 94 acres in Santa Fe near the intersection of Governor Mile Road and Richards Avenue could be the site of a new and vast housing development, about 6 miles southwest of downtown Santa Fe.
Santa Fe developer Jeff Branch has said that he wants to build 385 affordable to mid-price homes on land that is currently vacant.
Branch is the chief executive officer of the Santa Fe-based commercial real estate firm Columbus Capital, which has spurred the development of the San Isidro Plaza in Santa Fe and the Los Altos Ranch Market in Glendale, Arizona, among many other projects.
The homes are expected to range in price between $200,000 and nearly $400,000. Most of the structures will be two stories, measuring anywhere from 1,275 to 3,000 square feet. Roughly 90 of the homes will be designated as affordable housing.
The proposal more specifically calls for the creation of 385 single family lots on just over 94 acres, with 9.6 acres to be used for the possible construction of assisted living facilities.
The plans for what is being called Vista del Sierra have already been the subject of one public input meeting.
The developer is submitting papers to the Santa Fe Planning Commission asking for the lot division at the site. That body is expected to take up the matter in early June.
If all goes well in the approval process, work on the new homes could be built next spring.
By Garry Boulard
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