City Council clears proposed senior living facility

SANTA FE (AP) – The Santa Fe City Council has cleared way for an assisted living home for seniors on Old Pecos Trail despite dozens of residents being outright against the proposal.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that city councilors rejected an appeal of the Santa Fe Planning Commission’s approval of the facility late Wednesday. Now, Colorado-based MorningStar can move forward with the 84-unit project.

The council’s decision followed hours of public testimony at the Santa Fe High School gymnasium. About 150 people came out for the hearing, and nearly 90 people got up to testify.

The Southeast Neighborhood Association says the proposed 74,000-square-foot complex doesn’t meet proper zoning requirements and wouldn’t fit well with the nearby neighborhood. But some residents argue it will do great for the city’s economy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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