One Year Since Rechristening of the Elk Grove Promenade-Cum-Outlet Collection, and Still Nothing

April 13, 2015 | In their April 11, 2014 edition, the Sacramento Business Journal wrote glowingly about the rechristening of the E...

April 13, 2015 |

In their April 11, 2014 edition, the Sacramento Business Journal wrote glowingly about the rechristening of the Elk Grove Promenade by its developer, Howard Hughes Corporation. The story noted that the shopping center, which at that time sat unfinished for six and half years, was being re-purposed to the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove.

“I’m really optimistic about this project,” Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis told the Business Journal. “It’s a destination and it’ll be an exciting project for our residents and the region.”

Since that flurry of rechristening activity, there has been no visible activity at the site that sits on the south side of Elk Grove. The City of Elk Grove did release HHC from the development agreement which spurred a still unresolved legal battle pitting another party to the development agreement, M&H Realty, against HHC and the City.

We've heard all sorts of suggestions from our elected officials that we are about to turn the corner on the unfinished facility. One of the newly elected city council members even boldly said one of his goals during his campaign was to get the shopping center finished.

We've heard all sorts of things about how wonderful the Outlet Collection will be once it opens. And yet to the casual observer, there is not even evidence of the promised deconstruction/demolition of the north portion of the structure.   

Aside from the lawsuit, there has been no notable activity reported or visible at the unfinished shopping. Lest we be called a nattering nabob of negativism, on the plus side, HHC is sponsoring a Country Western concert in Old Town Elk Grove next month. At least the million dollar Old Town parcel will be put to use.  

The question we have to ask is this rechristening anniversary going to be another annual  milestone just like the forthcoming seventh anniversary of the abrupt stop of construction in July 2008?   

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Warren Buffett said...

"I'm going to Texas to light a fire under Howard Hughes".

Mayor Davis, 2014

Anonymous said...

“It’s a destination and it’ll be an exciting project for our residents and the region.”

What is with this penchant for being a destination city?

Elk Grove; destination for garish billboard signs, fast food joints, liquor stores, bland subdivisions, traffic, strip malls...

Lynn said...

I just wanted a better Elk Grove, not bigger....now the city council will go after more land...one bite at a time....560 acres, 100 of it that residents have bought.....How will all this make it better for our residents??? I wait for council to answer this question...oops I forget in "our house" residents do not have to have their questions answered by those they put into office.
As far as our outlet mall....Can anyone say "Delta Shores"??

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking Delta Shores upped us on that one. Not only that, but they'll want some retailers on the dotted line before they move any dirt. Big Mc probably won't do it....

Anonymous said...

Elk Grove left in the dust while Delta Shores gets into high gear.......

http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/blog/morning-roundup/2015/04/delta-shores-developer-gets-into-high-gear-on.html?ana=e_sac_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2015-04-20&u=34860207384cfd0109dbe1d73fb33f&t=1429541706

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