Posted: Feb 15, 2011 5:25 PM by Sarah Rosario
Updated: Feb 15, 2011 6:15 PM
LIVINGSTON - Kohl's, Ross and TJ-Max are all coming to Livingston parish and shoppers there say bring on the sales tax as ground breaking for Juban Crossing began Tuesday.
The new commercial and residential development will be built on 471 acres just East of Denham Springs off I-12 and Juban Road. The project will include 70 stores and 900 apartment and homes.
Shoppers in Livingston Parish said the extra cost is worth saving time.
"I'm so excited for the development that they are putting here," said business manager Cherie Mack.
Construction alone will create an additional 1,500 jobs. Once built it's estimated to create more than 5,000 jobs.
But, it's not only jobs that have people excited, it's the stores. Shopping in Baton Rouge may become a thing of the past.
"It will be closer and it will probably save time and money. I won't be late for anything. Traffic is just so bad now and it's just right there so it will be easy to get to," said Livingston resident Roseanna Huerta.
For business manager Cherie Mack, time saved is everything.
"Anything that's going to save me gas, save me time, save me wear and tear on my vehicle, all that makes a huge difference when your a business owner," said Mack.
When shopping at the new development there a catch. It will cost customers two cents more in sales tax bringing the total tax on items purchased to 10.5 percent. The shoppers we spoke to said they don't mind paying it because of the time it will save.
The development will also include a 14 screen movie theater, restaurants, hotels, two banks and a gas station. It will cost 350-million dollars paid for by a private developer. All sales tax profited will go back into the development to pay for things like improving roads, drainage and sewers.
The project will be built in three phases. Phase one is scheduled to be complete fall of 2012. More announcements on additional stores are expected throughout the year.