DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Just off the 1-12, on Juban road in Denham Springs is Juban Crossing, a shopping center. Chances are, even if you don’t live in Livingston Parish, you’ve spent money there.
“The two projects were designed together to be a destination for retail and bring revenue into the parish,” says Joe Moore, Division Director for Re/Max Commercial.
The mall brought in over $700,000 last year. Spring-boarding off that success, developers are working on expanding.
“There will be 9-12 pad sites on the east side where we're standing now on Juban Marketplace. They'll be at least a dozen retailers on those 9 pads,” Moore explains.
This new section, Juban Marketplace, will be a little different from its sister shopping center across the street. It’s targeting a different customer.
“There's a different mix on this side of the road because it's more quick-serve restaurants, more in and out,” Moore says. “A different mix of retailers that didn’t go across the street.”
Pretty soon a Starbucks and Burger King will stand in these now vacant plots of land, however, the development on over 150 acres doesn't stop there.
Just behind those fast food restaurants is another 40 acres, designated for the prime anchor stores and other smaller retailers, Moore says. There are also plans to open a Taco Bell next to the Chevron gas station. Moore says a hotel will also be part of the Juban expansion.
“We've got a lot of stuff coming for Juban Crossing in days ahead,” says Livingston Parish President, Layton Ricks.
What's in the works for Cook road could possibly take this project to a new level of interest by 2020 or 2021.
“Nobody wants to get on the interstate but yet everyone has to get on the interstate,” Ricks says. “This road will speed up the access from Denham Springs coming up to Juban Crossing and that can only be a positive thing.”
Cook Road will be extended, giving drivers the option to bypass the interstate.
“This has been a project long wait on by Juban crossing. It directly will have some impact on the box stores on Juban Crossing as well as the people traveling,” Ricks said.
Ricks says the Cook Road extension will be a direct route between Pete’s Highway. He says the 1.5 mile stretch of road could cost somewhere between 14.5 and 19 million. That money will fund the entire project, from construction to engineering. Ricks says it’ll be worth every penny.
“Everything we're doing is trying to figure out the best way to try and spend the money to move the traffic with ease and certainly with safety,” Ricks says.
The parish president also told us the Juban road widening project should be done by 2023.
That project is supposed to help the traffic flow between Highway 190 and the I-12.