By Ron Jones

ELK GROVE (CBS13) — The Elk Grove Outlet Mall could be resurrected once again after it was waylaid by the recession.

What was supposed to be a thriving outlet mall is now nothing more than a metal shell filled with seven years of empty economic dreams and dashed hopes.

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“It’s been a few years but its back on track,” said Mayor Gary Davis.

Elk Grove city officials say the plan is back on track with the promise of an $11 million, 14-screen movie theater with the stores.

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“The fact that the movie theater has submitted plans to move forward it’s exciting it shows that it’s a real project it’s on its way,” he said.

During the economic downturn, the previous property owners abandoned the property. New owners, the Howard Hughes Corporation, has an open-air design planned with multiple green spaces, outdoor dining and a children’s play areas.

Residents are looking for more shopping options aside from Arden Fair mall in Sacramento and the Roseville Galleria.

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Davis anticipates the new outlet mall will open by October of 2016.