Historic ‘casitas’ to be demolished

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A new multi-million-dollar office complex near the capitol could come at the expense of some historic Santa Fe buildings.

The $25 million government office building would require the demolition of four 80-year-old “casitas.”

The small houses, located across the street from the roundhouse, are owned by the state but the city says they’re significant to the neighborhood’s architecture.

There is now a call for public hearings on the proposal.

Some officials say it might be possible to move the new building away from the houses so demolition wouldn’t be necessary.

A 2009 law requires the state to cooperate with local government’s historic design regulations. Previously state projects were exempt.

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