Livy residents speak out after Jindal vetos funding for Juban Crossing
BATON ROUGE - Disappointment grows in Livingston Parish where people fear a shopping center that's been in the works for years may never happen.
Mitch McGrew lives just a few miles from where the developers want to build the $470 million shopping area.
"It's kinda like here we go again because they told us it's a go then it's not then it's a go. We were excited," he says.
Governor Jindal vetoed legislation that would've helped finance infrastructure improvements to the shopping center that's slated for this tract of land.
It's the second time the proposal to fund the development with tax money was nixed. .But longtime Livingston Parish resident Mason Mcclain sags he didn't see Jindal's Friday veto coming
"I'm really surprised because of the economic impact it would've had with the Juban's Crossing for people to shop local means a lot to support and it would increase the value of people's land around here.
However not everyone is excited about the idea of bringing more shoppers to the area. Denham Springs resident Edna Smith says she's watching closely to see what happens next.
"We got shopping you know. I didn't think we needed another strip mall especially one with the state paying," she says.