POSTED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 6:04pm
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (NBC33) — The Juban Crossing Development in Livingston Parish is still up in the air. The project has been in planning since 2006. The developer of Juban Crossing said this decision has been a long time coming, and once the council makes it's decision, no matter what, everyone can move forward.
Beth Bryant works right up the street from the proposed Juban Crossing development. Bryant said she's been waiting years for the construction to begin, and she's ready for more businesses to come into Livingston Parish.
"I think the city really needs the revenue. So, that would be really good for the parish. I know that a lot of people go into Baton Rouge to spend their money. So, if there's willing businesses to come out here, I think that would be a great idea," Bryant said. "I think it's helping to put us on the map, and to have something big and good here in LIvingston Parish. We've got it all the way around us. Bass Pro's doing really well, there's a lot of things that are coming into that, and I think that it will be helpful to the parish all the way around."
Bryant said as a manager and a homeowner, she would not mind paying the extra $0.75 proposed tax.
"Oh yes! If we don't have to go to Baton Rouge, we don't want to," Bryant said. "We would much rather stay here, and spend our tax dollars here."
Steve Keller's been working with this project since 2006. Keller said now since the setbacks are behind them, he still believes Juban Crossing will only bring good things to the parish.
"Juban Crossing with be a catalyst for many other developments in Livingston Parish. It'll be a regional draw for retailers, for movie-goers, for restaurants, and I think it will be very beneficial to the parish and very exciting for them," Keller said. "I would estimate that after tonight, whichever way it ends up, we would look to start the infrastructure construction the first week of September, with stores opening fall of 2014."
Keller said if they don't receive additional funding from the council, they will have to adjust their budget.
"Obviously we would prefer to get the additional funding, but like I said regardless, we will more forward and very happy to start the project," Keller said.