When council approved the assignment of the Trinity Site lease from North American Development Group (NADG) to Smith’s/Kroger in September 2012, then Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover said, “Maybe the third time’s the charm, but I don’t know. You’ve seen the movie ‘Groundhog Day?’ That’s what this has been like.”
A proposal from Boyer Company had preceded the NADG agreement. Attempts to develop the site stretched back 15 years.
Now something many doubted they would ever see is becoming a reality: vertical construction on the Trinity Site is changing the skyline of Los Alamos. The walls of a new 110,000-square-foot Smith’s Marketplace and two other retail spaces are rising rapidly.
The fact that Smith’s decided to begin construction on the two smaller structures before even laying the foundation for the Marketplace has surprised some observers.
NADG’s plan was to construct the anchor store before beginning construction on outlying structures.
The lease allows 36 months after signing to fill at least 10,500 square feet of additional space, and 60 months to build out the entire 35,000 square feet.
Initially, Smith’s appeared to be following the NADG plan.