SANTA FE – A new railroad-themed dining and retail development may be pulling into the Santa Fe Railyard district as soon as next summer, if it all stays on track.
The Santa Fe Railyard Community Corp. announced Wednesday that it had signed a letter of intent with Menaker Development and All Aboard Dining Cars to fill the last of the available parcels for lease in the North Railyard with a business center including dining in an antique rail car and space for shops in retrofitted shipping containers,
The letter is an agreement to review design plans and potentially negotiate a lease. According to Richard Czoski, executive director of the community corporation — the nonprofit that oversees development of the city-owned Railyard — his organization still needs to review a final site plan to ensure compliance with the Railyard Master Plan and city codes before there’s a done deal.
If everything is approved, Czoski said the target is to have a lease signed no later than March 1 and for the space to be under construction by the second quarter of 2019.
“We’re excited to see a railroad-themed project in the Railyard after all these years,” said Czoski. “It’s challenging from an engineering perspective, which is why it hasn’t been done before.”
But he said if all is approved, he thinks the project has the potential to become a local “destination.”