A proposal placed before the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday to move the Los Alamos visitor center to Fuller Lodge drew a storm of opposition from the downtown business community and community members concerned about the impact on the historic lodge.
After lengthy discussion, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers concluded that the majority of council did not support the proposal. The meeting was a work session, so no formal vote was taken.
The question before council was whether moving the visitor center to Fuller Lodge should be included as an option in a Request for Proposals for visitor center services.
The current contract with the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation for those services is up for renewal at the end of the year, and an RFP will be issued this month. Due to a downturn in Lodgers’ Tax revenues, staff was asked to propose a county-owned location for the visitor center in order to defray the costs of leasing space.
“One of the objectives of the RFP is provide us with options and alternatives,” said Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne.
If Fuller Lodge was considered, Lynne proposed including a mandatory reevaluation period after a three-year trial.