SANTA FE (KRQE) – To help boost the local economy, officials are making a big push to reinvigorate nightlife in Santa Fe.
The lack of nightlife has been a common complaint in the city for years.
The city of Santa Fe’s Economic Development Division is now looking for ideas from the community.
The goal is to attract more young people to Santa Fe and many people told KRQE News 13 they are eager to see changes.
In the past few years, officials say several key nightlife spots have closed, including some clubs. Most restaurants close early, around 9 p.m., much earlier than in Albuquerque.
Now, the city has a total of $5,000 five thousand dollars to spend on nightlife projects. The plan is to accept 5-10 proposals from community members.
“How do we overcome costs, how do we deal with public transportation, how do we deal with communications?” said Kate Noble, Santa Fe’s Director of Housing and Community Development. “Any of these issues, many of which I’ve heard informally, we want to learn about, ”
Residents KRQE News 13 spoke with say Santa Fe has developed an identity as a place for the elderly and the retired, and it will be a challenge to get a night life scene going.
One resident already has an idea.
“I would like to use this proposal to put together a mock music venue of sorts that houses different types of events for a couple events and showcase what kind of community could come together around a proper music venue,” said Vince Kadlubek.
Residents can go check out an information session at Market Station in the Railyard, from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.
Officials say they hope to select the proposals in two weeks and start working on them this summer.
People can also email proposals to Ross Chaney at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on May 12th.