◀︎return to newslistEl Camino Crossing Launches Commercial Phase

May 19, 2022 – 

Homewise Live/Work/Play Development in Santa Fe Will Feature Two Restaurants and a Local Coworking Space Expansion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Santa Fe, NM) – The commercial phase of the Homewise El Camino Crossing development is coming soon to Santa Fe’s Siler Road/Agua Fria corridor. New tenants will include:

Escondido, a coastal Mexican food restaurant by award winning chef Fernando Ruiz. Escondido will feature healthy, fresh Mexican cuisine, margaritas, tequilas and mezcals. The 3,000 sq. ft restaurant will feature a patio and a rooftop deck. Vince Kadlubek, co-founder of Meow Wolf, is a partner in the project.

Tender Fire, a popular pizza pop-up in the El Rey Court, will be opening its first brick-and-mortar location. Tender Fire offers naturally leavened pizza dough with a focus on local, healthy ingredients as well as vegan and gluten-free options. The 3,000 sq. ft. Italian-style cafe will feature community lunch and full-service dinner.

Co-Fe, Santa Fe’s first coworking space, will open its second location at El Camino Crossing. Called Flywheel Collaborative, the 3,000 sq. ft space will feature exciting interior space as well as an exterior deck.

“Santa Fe has a legacy of walkable, bikeable neighborhoods on the east side. El Camino Crossing brings this way of living — where you can live, work, and play all without needing to get in a car — to the Siler Rufina neighborhood,” said Johanna Gilligan, Director of Community Development at Homewise. “In addition, our leases offer our commercial tenants first right of refusal to purchase their spaces — a potential game changer for local entrepreneurs.”

“Tender Fire was sparked by a lifetime of appreciating the way food brings people together, combined with a moment of sensing the need of our community to have a place to gather around eating. I have been blown away by the community we have created around our little outdoor oven and am so excited to grow into a bigger space that can hold our vision of gathering community in a beautiful way,” said Ben Crosky, owner of Tender Fire Kitchen. “If you’ve ever eaten with us, you know we pride ourselves on creating a place where tourists, farmers, service workers, food enthusiasts, dogs, children and everyone has a place at our table, so we couldn’t be more excited about being in the heart of it all at El Camino Crossing.”

El Camino Crossing features 40 single family homes, condominiums, and mixed-use live/work studios as well as commercial and mixed-use space. It is located on the historic Camino Real and offers walking and biking access to all parts of Santa Fe. The project architect on the commercial phase is Scout Architecture + Design.

About Homewise

Homewise is a New Mexico-based nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) founded in 1986. Its mission is to help create successful homeowners and strengthen neighborhoods so that individuals and families can improve their long-term financial wellbeing and quality of life. Homewise services include financial literacy education and coaching, real estate services, affordable mortgage lending and down payment assistance, loan servicing, refinance, and home improvement lending. Homewise strengthens neighborhoods by increasing homeownership through real estate development, property rehabilitation, and revitalizing communities to benefit existing residents. Since Homewise was founded in 1986, over 17,700 New Mexicans have attended its financial capability and homebuyer education workshops. During that time, Homewise helped over 6,000 New Mexicans purchase homes, over 2,300 make energy efficient home improvements, and more than 1,200 refinance their mortgages. Homewise has also built over 900 high quality, energy efficient and affordable homes. To learn more, visit www.homewise.org