Members of the Santa Fe Planning Commission have given their approval to a preliminary development plan that will ultimately lead to the construction of nearly 400 housing units.
The Zia Station project will go up on vacant land just to the west of St. Francis Drive and adjacent to the Zia Road Rail Runner Station, which is a part of the Rio Metro Regional Transit system.
The transit-oriented development has been long in the talking stage and will ultimately see a 21-acre project on both sides of Zia Road.
As proposed, the project will include 39 affordable units.
First phase work will additionally entail 14 townhomes and 244 apartments, slated for the north side of Zia Road.
Later work will see the building of another 14 townhomes, as well as 112 multi-family units.
The project will also include office, restaurant, and retail space, along with underground parking for up to 500 vehicles.
Renderings of the project show tree-lined streets, with walkable spaces, and two and three-story structures.
To be developed by an entity called Zia Station LLC, the project has been represented in public meetings by the Santa Fe-based development management firm JenkinsGavin.
It is thought that the Santa Fe City Council will review the project in either April or May.
By Garry Boulard
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