As many of you recall, last fall a group of Guadalupe Street business owners met with Mayor Alan Webber and other city officials to voice our concerns and frustrations regarding the challenging business climate along the Guadalupe St. corridor. This meeting was the spark that set into motion a collaborative effort between the Guadalupe Street Association and the Santa Fe Office of Economic Development. Subsequently, it was determined that there were 3 main issues that needed immediate action in order to make immediate improvements to the street. These three action items were: Parking. Shuttle Route Change, and Guadalupe St. Neighborhood Signage. As a result of several more meetings...
1. The parking division shortened the hours on the parking meters from 8:00-6:00 to 8:00-5:00. You can now park for free starting at 5:00 pm. This is a test program designed to run for 6 months.
2. The shuttle route was changed so that the shuttle no longer circumvents Guadalupe St but rather is routed on Guadalupe directly from Alameda to Cerrillos Rd.
3. With respect to improved signage and visibility the GSA proposed the idea of installing 22 custom banners placed on city light poles along Guadalupe Street. The group felt strongly that the banners would be instrumental in distinguishing the street and would give the Guadalupe Street corridor a cohesive presence and signify pride of place. The Office of Economic Development gave the GSA invaluable advice on how to proceed forward with the banner idea and how to navigate our way through the City of Santa Fe government. Artwork, designed by Albert Z, was created depicting a stylized image of the Guadalupe Statue that is the streets namesake and suggests a merging of historical and modern points of view.
In order for the banners to be a reality, 2 key components needed to happen......
A. Submittal of application to the Historical Review Board with all applicable documentation for their recommendation and approval. The GSA banner proposal was put before the HRB on April 9th, 2019. The Historical Review board gave a 3-1 approval of the banner proposal with the condition that we consult with the Santuario De Guadalupe regarding the use of the Guadalupe image on the banner.
B. An amendment to change the City of Santa Fe code which currently only allows for banners for the 400 year anniversary and in addition a resolution to allow for banners along Guadalupe Street as well as other areas in the city.
Our city partners have stressed that a large attendance at the upcoming hearing would be helpful in getting council approval for the banner program. . A sizable attendance of Guadalupe St. businesses would send a strong message to our City councilors that we are committed. During the hearing, individuals are given an opportunity to speak for a maximum of 2 minutes. We would like as many businesses as we can to voice their support to the City Council. As soon as the hearing date is set we will notify everyone with the date, time and location.
Soon a meeting will be scheduled for all interested businesses to ascertain additional opportunities for planning, idea generating and participation in other projects that can improve the Guadalupe Street area. The collective support from all of us is needed to push for the revitalization of the area and to promote growth and prosperity for all. Your contribution can help make this a reality.
Guadalupe St. Association
Fall 2018 and Winter 2019, Community Learning Network (CLN) has teamed up with the Institute of American Indian Arts (I.A.I.A.) to provide a handful of free workshops for students and community members through the Continuing Education program. Participants are learning how to build, launch, and manage their own website in the "Make A Website" workshop as part of CLN's regional "1000 Websites in 1000 Days" campaign to get as many people online as possible and support local projects and micro-enterprise development. CLN is also offering hands-on Social Media Basics workshops that support participants in learning the basics of digital marketing and how to market using Facebook Pages, Ads, and Instagram. Participants cal also earn four different micro-credentials through the process. In the Fall of 2018, CLN also coordinated field trips to Creative Studios, to meet the Tech team and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of MeowWolf's sister company, Creative Studios.
CLN is also supporting local small business development and entrepreneurs by offering a hands-on workshop on Developing a Consultancy Learn more by visiting our website at www.nmtechworks.com/make-a-website or www.iaia.edu/continuing-education
Parking meters in the Railyard area will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday during a four-month trial period starting February 18, 2019. After a November meeting with Mayor Alan Webber and business owners along the Guadalupe Street Business District, the Parking Division Director proposed a pilot program to modify parking meter hours in the Guadalupe Street Business District in the hopes of attracting after office hours customers to this business district.
Starting on Monday, February 18, 2019, parking meters located on Guadalupe Street, Market Street and Montezuma Street between Market Street and Sandoval Street will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; instead of from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This modification will be for a trial period of approximately four months ending June 30, 2019. City officials may decide to extend this pilot program as necessary. During this period, parking staff will collect payment and revenue data and analyze the data to determine the overall impact to the Guadalupe Street Business District as well as to the Parking Division’s Enterprise Fund. In addition, city staff will rely upon local merchants to convey the effect of this pilot program on their businesses. If the benefits are significant, this pilot program may be extended. Studies in other cities have demonstrated longer parking meter hours increase turnover in on-street parking and ensure spaces are available for customers. While not all business owners in the Guadalupe Street Business District have expressed a need for parking hour reduction, they are willing to undergo a trial period.
Mayor Webber said, “We started 2019 with the new shuttle route taking riders more directly through the Guadalupe Business District and we continue to take proactive steps where private business and city leaders come together to support local concerns in every neighborhood.” “We are excited to explore different approaches to help maintain the vibrancy of the Guadalupe Street Business District,” said Noel Correia, Parking Division Director.
The Guadalupe Street Association encourages merchants to monitor the change in their revenues during this trial period. If you would like to join the Guadalupe Street Association please contact Lance Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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