Here’s the story:
The State Government wants to build a 200,000 sq. ft. office building on Don Gaspar Avenue (with a security bridge over the street to the Capitol building). For reference, the Roundhouse itself is 232,000 sq. ft., so the projected building would be slightly smaller than the capitol. This "Executive Office Building" would be 3-4 stories, built in big blocky masses, with 700+ parking spaces. Although there is not an architect attached to the project, consider the State’s past design decisions—e.g., the Attorney General's Office on Galisteo, the first judicial court on Sandoval. When the State demos buildings for new construction, locals regularly end up with a building that isn't context-sensitive and doesn't fit into our regional architectural design.
To build this 200,000 sq. ft. office building, the State believes it must demolish 4 historic casitas on Don Gaspar and the now-historic Concha Ortiz y Pino building, which is on Galisteo. That demolition request is going to the Historic Districts Review Board (HDRB) on Tuesday the 9th of January at 5:30pm.
OSFA believes demolition of historic casitas for 200,000 sq. ft. of new construction is not the answer. We believe the community can help think creatively to maintain historic remnants while also accounting for the office space sought by the State.