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Keep Safeway downtown

The plan for 36 acres of development on La Barr Meadows Road is slowly moving forward. The project includes a new Safeway, so it could lead to the closing of its downtown store.

Safeway swears it will not vacate the downtown building, and in the 2000 campaign debate, our mayor said she does not support commercial development at the La Barr Meadows site. To be safe, though, we need to have our own plan.

Safeway wants a large store on the south side of town. It needs room for a deli and bakery and the other services provided by their competitors. I suspect it wants it near McKnight so it can serve customers from the Alta Sierra area.

Our plan should include not annexing anything south of McKnight. Without these annexations (the other one is North Star), Safeway would have a difficult time finding a site for a large store. It might force it to stay put. The Safeway corporation would make a little less money, and we would still have a grocery store downtown.

Dean Williams

Grass Valley

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