I wanted to clarify an error from the article regarding the talks between Mercury developers and the Durango Malls owners (Herald, Aug. 13). Weve agreed to accept their demand regarding an alternative at Mercury Villages access point from U.S. Highway 160/550, which they believe is safer. Beyond this issue, the malls owners have proposed several additional demands upon the developer that either dont have anything to do with Mercury Village development or are unrelated to safety concerns, some of which would cost Mercury hundreds of thousands of unrelated dollars. Our challenge is that theyve insisted on an all or nothing acceptance of their demands, or theyll continue with the current appeal of the citys approval of the development possibly delaying the entire project up to a year.
I find nothing wrong with a bit of gamesmanship during a negotiation, but I fear that the malls owners have dangerously misread Mercurys situation. We have a variety of options that could accommodate our expected growth over the coming decade. To be clear, were very excited about building world-class headquarters facilities there however, while this location is, in many ways, welcomed by the community and ideal for our needs, well engage only under commercially fair and reasonable conditions.
Matt Taylor, CEO, Mercury Payment Systems