A big-box is vital to Los Alamos

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By Vincent Chiravalle

In my view all of the options for the Trinity site development presented to the council on July 23 will lead to the eventual termination of negotiations with Boyer and with that we will lose any chance of getting a new big box store in the near future. This is an unacceptable outcome for our community.

Option 1 involves talking with other developers and exploring other potential deals in the marketplace while continuing to talk with Boyer. This option is not the current path. We can’t negotiate in good faith with Boyer while at the same time talking with other developers.

We haven’t done so in the past and we shouldn’t start now. In order to reach a deal both the county and Boyer must be committed to each other. Option 1 would undermine that commitment and would kill any deal with Boyer rather than facilitate one.

Option 2 would have the council set a firm deadline for Boyer to sign and then would have negotiations terminated if a deal isn’t reached. I don’t agree with this option because setting a deadline without committing to a viable financial model for the project will lead to the termination of negotiations. Given the economic difficulties faced by the developer in terms of rent and construction costs, the county needs to do more in order to make a deal happen.

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