DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - In Livingston Parish, the Juban Crossing Shopping Center has come as a convenience to many. For those living along Juban Road, it's increased their property values tremendously.
In one case, Kathy Lockhart, purchased her six-acre home in 1978 for about $24,000. Now, she said she could sell for more than $3.5 million. She has not put her home for sale yet, but said her reason for wanting to move is because the country life she once enjoyed in Livingston Parish is now gone.
"It was in 1978 and all of this was wooded and it was country. Now the city is moving in. I would like to get away from it. I don't like all this traffic," said Lockhart.
Further down Juban Rd., Ursula Williams and her husband bought their home in 1963 for only $5,000. She put it up for sale just three months ago and was told she could sell it between $300,000 and $400,000.
"You get more money when you have commercial over residential," said Williams.
Kathy Matte is a realtor with C.J. Brown and said when she looked up homes for sale along Juban Rd., there were only two listings with neither coming up north of I-12. That's because all the properties for sale north of I-12 are listed as "commercial" and commercial listings do not show up in her listings.
"North of I-12 to Florida Boulevard has really gone commercial. No matter what it was, whether it was a mobile home or just a small house," said Matte.
The State Department. of Transportation and Development's Brendan Rush said they have two projects in the works. The first will be a roundabout at Juban Rd. and US 190 in the fall of 2016. The second is a widening project for Juban Rd. north of I-12 to US 190. That is slated for the fall of 2017.