ALBANY -- Safeway's planned rebuilding of its Solano Avenue store has been canceled. According to Community Development Director Jeff Bond, the decision actually was made some time ago.
"That's something Safeway determined some months ago, that the cost of the project as they had originally designed it was a bit too high," Bond said.
The project was supposed to replace the current store at 1500 Solano Ave. with a new, larger store and other businesses. The proposal was several years in the making, with residents taking part in "brainstorming sessions" as well as commenting on the plans.
It was to be considered at the Planning and Zoning Commission in May of 2012, but Safeway requested it be removed from the agenda at that time.
Some residents had objected to parking and traffic circulation plans, worrying about pedestrian safety. Others had complained about the height of the project and the location of a truck dock for deliveries.
A Safeway spokeswoman did not return a phone call or email for comment. However, spokeswoman Wendy Gutshall told Patch.com that the rebuilding of the Solano Avenue store "is no longer in our plans."
The 25,000-square-foot store was to be replaced with a 53,000-square foot store on the top level of a three-story building, with other retail stores and parking below.
According to Bond, Safeway is now considering remodeling the current store rather than tearing it down. He said that at this point, Safeway hasn't submitted any plans.
"We haven't seen any formal application from them," Bond said. "But they have expressed to us a commitment to stay in Albany, staying on Solano Avenue. We do look forward to working with them when they have something together for us."