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Mayor Johnson Working to Keep Safeway in Curtis Park Village Plans

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CURTIS PARK --

As frustration over the Curtis Park Village development increases among neighbors, the mayor of Sacramento is stepping in to try to keep Safeway in the plans.

It's what many in the neighborhood want.

"The people here, they wanted a Safeway, this is what the deal was!" said Paula Valencia, owner of Paula V's Salon near the Curtis Park site.

What they don't want is a gas station.  That's been the source of debate for months.

Last month, the city council rejected plans, which included a Safeway gas station.

Developer Paul Petrovich said he's tried working with city leaders but needs to move forward.

"Last Friday, we had a deal structure put together that would have allowed Safeway to come back into the mix, and the mayor and Schenirer reneged on it today. So as a result of that, I'm full speed ahead on Plan B," Petrovich said.

Instead of plans for an upscale development centered around Safeway, Petrovich says he's moving forward with Plan B, which includes a Grocery Outlet, a dollar store and a pet shop.

"I'm losing money and if Safeway has made it clear they're not locating here without a fuel center then I need a grocery store that will come without one," said Petrovich.

Valencia says people in Curtis Park want quality shops.

"They paid so much for their house, they want better shopping to be available to them right across the street," Valencia said.

Petrovich tells FOX40 plans for a Safeway included an agreement to hire 200 workers from nearby Oak Park. That wouldn't happen under Plan B.

The mayor's office insists the deal isn't done and that Mayor Kevin Johnson is reaching out to Safeway about opening a store without a fuel station.

"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," said Mayor Johnson's Press Secretary Ben Sosenko.