No other way?

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By Ralph Damiani

The county council will meet in closed session Tuesday night to discuss plans for purchasing the Los Alamos Apartments.

We wish there was some other way to proceed here than once again government taking charge of local land.

We understand the concern that is felt by councilors about losing control. But at what point do we simply have everything run and owned by the county? We hope this is just a step in the process to turn this land over to private enterprise.

The council’s recent decision was said to be an effort to try to protect the county’s downtown revitalization plan. Good enough.

The apartments sit in the middle of Central Avenue, on what is considered a prime piece of downtown property.

As a result of the decision, the county gave Housing and Urban Development $75,000 in earnest money and authorized County Administrator Max Baker to execute the contract for purchase to acquire the buildings.

We can only assume that Tuesday’s meeting is a follow up to those discussions.

Besides the plan concern, the county was concerned that the Santa Fe County Civic Housing Authority would have purchased the property if we did not. If they passed on the offer, the foreclosure sale would have proceeded, which would have opened the sale up to anyone from anywhere.

And that is where we differ.

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