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LIVINGSTON - The developer of the Juban Crossing project promises to begin building within thirty days, even though parish leaders denied giving 100% of future sales taxes generated off the project to the facility.

"It won't be too difficult to adjust," Stephen Keller told WBRZ News 2 Thursday. "I mean, we can still make it an extremely nice development for the residents in Livingston."

The same night, members of the Livingston Parish Council argued for hours - and eventually denied - giving more tax money to the project, which has been delayed for years.

In 2006, Juban Crossing planners said the project would be open already. Seven years later, the lots sits empty at the corner of I-12 and Juban Road.

"Things have leveled off and improved substantially since 2011, which has allowed us to put the project back on course to start construction" Keller said.

The site needs sewer, utilities, roads and other infrastructure, and of course, business. Keller believes the project will move forward after the tenants have stuck by him since 2007.

The council could return the sales tax plan to a future meeting, although Thursday's vote is the second time dedicating all sales tax to the project has been killed.

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