The on-again, off-again project that has Horizon-area residents buzzing appears to be back on track.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, several social media posts revealed a layout map of the proposed Eastlake Marketplace, at the corner of I-10 West and Eastlake Boulevard, showing the names of several national retailers and their proposed locations in the center.
With the new renderings and names posted on social media, excited residents reached out to us to confirm the news.
An investigation revealed that the River Oaks website – developers of the center – as well as the Eastlake Marketplace Facebook and webpage had either outdated or very little information regarding the new renderings.
On Monday morning, officials with River Oaks responded to our calls for information regarding the posts and for an update on the project.
According to the officials, they’ll be able to officially confirm tenants and a timeline by mid-summer, however a date for groundbreaking has not been set, nor have any of those tenants confirmed.
As with all shopping centers and commercial developments, officials are not able to announce tenants until a contract is signed, so the posts showing restaurants and stores is not official until River Oaks gets those tenants to sign on the dotted line.
The project, first revealed in the Fall of 2015, was a blockbuster, as residents excitedly shared information and their hopes for various stores to set up shop in the soon-to-be shopping center. However, as the excitement died down, so did information about the progress on the center.
On two occasions, a sign for the new Cinemark location had been set up, only to be taken down a few months later.