Started in 1990, the thirty five units in the 40,000 square foot South Court offer several large 2400 square foot spaces directly on Second Street, designed for retail use. The four buildings incorporate a mix of 600 square foot studios and 1200 square foot live/work units. Each large live/work unit offers a small 400 square foot studio apartment upstairs, with a separate entrance to a walkway connection to the ground. Each has a generous 800 square foot open area downstairs with a garage door on the parking side and sliding patio doors opening onto a common landscaped courtyard on the front side.
Built in 1993, the two buildings in 10,000 square foot Middle Court section contain five large 1300 square foot live/work units in which the upstairs apartment is expanded to 500 square feet with large closet added. In addition, there are six 600 square foot studio apartments, some with garage doors and high ceilings and sky lights. The two buildings open onto a common landscaped courtyard, with beautiful wisteria-trellised staircases connecting the walkways serving the upper story.
The Sari Building
This 10,000 square foot solid block-and-concrete two-story building was built in the 1970s for the State-funded Sangre De Cristo Health Services. Once purchased, it was completely renovated into eight executive offices, now occupied by a varied population of tenants — therapists, environmental groups (such as The Sierra Club), a sculptor and a costume store. Each unit has separate heating and air conditioning systems.
The Rachel Building
This 20,000 square foot one-story masonry structure was formally the Old Taos Furniture manufacturing facility. Purchased in the mid-1990s and completely remodeled, it now houses an art storage company, a high quality custom framing company and currently serves as the headquarters for Mothering Magazine, as well as several other smaller users. The 16-foot ceilings make for large open spaces.
Zoning and Allowed Uses
The zoning for the Second Street Studios complex is Industrial 1 or I-1. This allows for a wide variety of uses from light manufacturing to retail, to art studios, to living in the units. I-1 is the most flexible mixed use zoning in Santa Fe and allows every kind of use so long as it does not create toxic or environmental hazards. Sign size and coloring are tightly controlled and a full-time maintenance staff maintains the buildings and landscaped courtyards. Upon completion of the North Court, there will be approximately 100 separate units with over 100,000 square feet of finished space.