Juban Crossing development continuing its progress

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - People in Livingston Parish are anxious to start ringing up sales at their soon-to-be shopping center.  Construction on the Juban Crossing development has several stores in the making.  Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says everyday things are happening along the area off Interstate 12.

Ricks and several other speakers were at the Chamber of Commerce lunch Wednesday, to update other business leaders on the progress.

Juban Crossing was first thought about back in 2005, but when the economy took a dip the project sat untouched.

Scott Crawford, who spoke for the developers, says the I-12 corridor is where growth is happening in the state between East Baton Rouge Parish and the Mississippi line.  Crawford also pointed out that phase one will equal 4,000 square feet of retail.  To put that number in perspective, he says, that's bigger than Towne Center in Baton Rouge.

The development includes the first Rouses grocery in the metro area.  The store will also have a drive-thru grocery line.

Belk, has announced its official open day for October 15.

Academy Sports was supposed to be part of the second phase of the project.  They asked to be pushed into the first phase and have their building ready this year.

"We're looking forward to phase two, phase three of the project on the retail side and also over the next several years, adding between 800 and 900 single family and multi-family residences," said Crawford.

Those homes will be located right next to the shopping area.

While excitement builds about shopping close to home, there's one other factor that has leaders ready to see Juban Crossing come to life.

"This development is going to keep tax dollars from going across the Amite River Bridge," said parish councilman Ricky Goff.

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