The same developer that developed the land where Saskatoon’s second Costco is, Arbutus Properties is requesting to buy the 22 acres of city yards located north of Saskatoon’s downtown behind the police station to develop a grocery store and housing. The company says the purchase of the land would help the city with balanced growth, adding much needed services in the downtown area and reducing urban sprawl. Arbutus adds they would pay full market price for the property located behind the police headquarters. Saskatoon hasn’t had a grocery store downtown since the Extra Foods on Third Avenue closed in 2004. Vancouver based Arbutus Properties is set to present their idea to the Planning, Development and Community Services committee meeting on today (mon).