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Proposals unveiled for development at Garrett’s Desert Inn

Four development proposals are under consideration for Garrett's Desert Inn, now the property of the state Land Office. (Journal file photo)

Four development proposals are under consideration for Garrett’s Desert Inn, now the property of the state Land Office, whose office is shown just across the street. (Journal file photo)


Four different development proposals for Garrett’s Desert Inn are headed for talks between State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn and a team of Santa Fe community, business and government leaders next month.

The property, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, came to the Land Office through a land exchange with Cochiti Pueblo.

According to a Land Office news release, all four proposals came from New Mexico companies. As listed in the news release, they are:

— HRV Hotel Partners, LLC, in conjunction with joint venture partners Santa Fe Dining, Inc., Marble Brewing Company, and the Margetson Family, is proposing to redevelop the existing property into a contemporary interpretation of a 1950’s-era, Santa Fe motor court style hotel. The proposed hotel would include 84 guest rooms with private patios and balconies, including four Airstream trailers restored as guest rooms, a reconstructed lobby, meeting space, restaurant and bar with outdoor patios and rooftop terraces, a rooftop pool, fitness center, an outdoor movie screen, and other amenities.

  • Titan Development, which developed Santa Fe’s Zocalo community and The Highlands in Albuquerque, is suggesting a mixed-use development featuring structured parking, multi-family housing, dining and retail venues, and a pedestrian zone along a revitalized Santa Fe River.
  • El Castillo Retirement Residences, now located directly east of Garrett’s Desert Inn, is proposing to connect the two properties and create a mixed residential and commercial community, including 75 to 80 apartments, restaurants and shops, and underground parking.
  • An unidentified, 10-member New Mexico Limited Liability Company represented by local Certified Public Accountant, Sanjay Bhakta, plans to keep the existing motel’s structure, if selected, but intends to renovate and upgrade the facility, and is open to extending the lease of the current on-site eatery, Santa Fe Bite.