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Eastvale adopts plan for town center

By in Press Enterprise on February 3, 2018

By Imran Ghori

Eastvale has never had its own downtown but city officials hope to create one of sorts with an ambitious plan to develop the largest remaining parcel of open land in the city.

A master plan for the 160-acre Leal property proposes to build an upscale outdoor mall, a hotel, apartments or condominiums and offices on the dairy land at the northwest corner of Limonite and Hamner avenues. A civic building such as a city hall or community center could also be built at the site.

“We view it as really creating a town center,” said Eric Norris, Eastvale planning director.

The plan is more than four years in the making with city officials working since 2013 with the Leal family on the document which outlines a vision for the property. The Leals, who own the land, operate a dairy farm on the property — one of two remaining in Eastvale, according to Norris.

The City Council adopted the master plan in December outlining long-range goals for the property. The next step calls for adopting a specific plan that provides more specifics about where various uses would be built in the area. In the final step, a developer — who has yet to be selected — will submit individual projects for approval.

City officials say construction could begin in a year or two.

Norris described the master plan as a “menu” of option that the city can pursue with certain elements given top priority.

The top one is a retail center that the plan calls a “lifestyle center” that would be between 325,000 to 1.3 million square feet. Norris said the city is aiming for a project similar to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga or The Shoppes at Chino Hills.

The plan also calls for another 225,000 square feet of general commercial, up to 920,000 square feet of office/medical […]    

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