After years of planning, the Los Alamos County Community and Economic Development Department has issued a Request for Proposals seeking a developer for Phase I of the A-19 site in White Rock. The deadline for proposals is Jan. 31, 2014.
The site is one of the key components of the White Rock Master Plan. The county’s goals are to create a mixed-use development that is “environmentally and financially sustainable and incorporates the best practices of new urbanism.”
The ideal plan will include up to 30,000 square feet of retail space and some combination of affordable workforce apartments, market rate apartments and townhomes, live/work space, extended stay, residential and community-oriented business space, along with senior housing and facilities. The RFP notes that several restaurants have expressed interest in locating on the A-19 site.
The county prefers to engage a master developer to ensure timely progression of the project and oversee conformity to the Master Plan vision, but is also willing to consider making individual parcels available.
Although developers will be free to develop their own design concepts, they will be bound by the zoning and masterplan for each parcel. Areas earmarked for commercial, workforce housing, etc., will have to be developed as such.