Plateau Property Announces Apartment Contest Winners

A newly renovated Plateau Property apartment. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos Chamber Manager

Plateau Property Management is holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting for two of its apartment properties 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. The grand opening and ribbon cutting will be held, snow or shine, at 3000 Trinity Dr. #62.Signs for Ponderosa Pines and the Cottonwoods at Gold Street will be unveiled during the celebration that will include tours, music, refreshments and a special presentation of awards to the winners of the apartment complex naming contest. Read more at

The new names for the apartment buildings were selected through a community-wide survey conducted by the Los Alamos Daily Post. Contest winners Valerie DeWulf and Brandi Engeman will each be presented with $250 in Chamber Checks at the grand opening. Melissa Smith, Elisa Enriquez, Brandy Putt and Michelle Debardeleben be presented honorable mention awards of $25 in Chamber Checks.

The apartment properties, formerly known as Los Cerros and Gold Street Apartments, are undergoing renovation and remodeling. As units become vacant, they are gutted and revamped with new windows, counters, sinks, toilets, tubs, vanities, range hoods, carpets and tile. According to Property Manager Mike Lippiatt, the process of remodeling all 144 apartments will take more than a year to complete.

Lippiatt said Plateau Properties is using local contractors and suppliers for as much of the investment in the properties as possible.

“There’s a lot of money being spent locally and we are really happy about that,” Lippiatt said. “It is surprising what you can do with local businesses and local contractors.”

The energy efficiency of the apartment buildings is being improved through installation of double pane solar panel windows. New insulated siding is being installed on the former Gold Street Apartments.

“They are all much more energy efficient and better looking,” Lippiatt said.

Additionally, Plateau Property Management, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a Chamber member this month, has more than doubled its staff for the facilities. The maintenance crew has been increased to 10 workers under the leadership of Maintenance Manager Mike McNeil. The office personnel also have been doubled to better serve the tenants. “We feel it’s a nice impact on employment for Los Alamos,” Lippiatt said.

Next Spring additional renovation work on the exterior of the complex will add a dog park outside the pet-friendly units at Ponderosa Pines, a new playground, a splash pad, and three grilling areas. Decks and pavilions will be added to create outdoor recreation and dining areas.

“They will be a really sought-after location when all the work is done,” Lippiatt said.

The public is invited to attend the grand opening, tour the renovated units, and help Plateau Properties celebrate its 25th anniversary as a Chamber member.