By K.P. Sander
Eastvale – The City of Eastvale is just a youngster in the history of Western Riverside County, but a lot of growth has happened since our little dairy-land became an official city back in October of 2010.
Eastvale has come a long way from the vast cow-speckled landscape of its past. In fact, there are only 43 cows left (a quick count on a recent drive by), and the Leal property at the corner of Limonite and Hamner – with a very cosmopolitan future – is one of the only major acreages still undeveloped in the 13.1 square miles of the City.
Recently, citizens have enjoyed new businesses at the Marketplace at the Enclave (southwest corner of Archibald and Schleisman), including Great Harvest Bread Company, Juice it Up, and Mes Amies Hair and Nails. Still on the brink of opening are Lee’s Noodle House, Reflexology Foot Massage and a new Bank of America branch with lanes for drive-through banking.
On the other side of town at Gateway South (on Limonite, just west of the 15 Freeway), Eastvale’s San Antonio Medical Center is putting the finishing touches on its beautiful new building. Although there have been some delays, a soft opening is scheduled for April, with final completion come May.
One of the best bits of news is the addition of a much needed and much wanted new restaurant. Wait for it…Panera Bread is coming to town! Right in the same center with San Antonio Medical Center and 24-Hour Fitness, the bakery-café will be a welcome addition to Eastvale. Panera says, “We are an everyday oasis for our customers,” and we agree with them – although we are going to have to wait for Christmas to open this present. It just might be worth the wait.
Walmart is a go, and although still in the planning phases, it is scheduled to break ground where Limonite meets Archibald at some point in the not too distant future.
The biggest project on the horizon is the Leal Master Plan Project. The City of Eastvale is currently cultivating the Vision, Development and Implementation plans, and the mixed-use town center project could possibly be the flagship of the City. More details are forthcoming, and the City will continue to provide updates as they become available.
There are not too many cities around where everything is relatively brand new, and although Eastvale is rich in history, it is bright in its infrastructure. With amazing schools and lot of possibilities forthcoming, Eastvale is truly becoming a destination city.