Mayor Kevin Johnson and developer Paul Petrovich discussed bringing a Safeway to the planned infill project near Curtis Park during a Friday meeting with Oak Park faith leaders, keeping the possibility alive despite the Sacramento City Council having rejected a proposal to build a Safeway gas station at the site.
After the council shot down the gas station on a 7-2 vote in mid-November, Johnson said he would try to persuade Safeway to build a grocery store at the site without a gas station. Safeway has said it would only build a grocery store there if it is accompanied by a fueling station.
A spokesman for Johnson said the mayor remains committed to that goal but denied reports that Johnson had brokered a deal laying out terms for Safeway to establish a store at the site, originally called Curtis Park Village.
“Last month the mayor pledged to reach out to Safeway to see if they would open a store without a fuel station,” spokesman Ben Sosenko said in an email. “While it would (be) premature to say there have been any agreements, the mayor continues to work towards a win-win solution, which would bring 200 jobs to the community.”
Councilman Jay Schenirer, who also attended the meeting, said there was no agreement on Friday about bringing the issue before council in 2016. He said Safeway representatives were not present.
“We’re in continuing discussions with the developer to find a win-win situation, and we hope that Safeway will be a part of that outcome,” Schenirer said.
After the City Council rejected the Safeway gas station plan, Petrovich filed a new proposal for businesses that would include a dollar store and said he would try to bring a bargain Grocery Outlet shopping market to the site. Petrovich also submitted plans to rename the infill development Crocker Village.
The Bee was unable to reach Petrovich for comment.