DENHAM SPRINGS — While not everyone buys into the adapted phrase, “If you build it, they will come,” it seems to be applying quite well for the parish’s investment in Juban Crossing.

The current rush of new eateries has citizens talking, and retail growth will bring new sales taxes to fund parish operations, schools, and infrastructure improvements.

There is another “they” that will come, as well -- people. Residential growth of both apartments and homes is booming in Livingston Parish, and quite a bit of it centralized around the development on Juban Road.

Currently, the Palms at Juban Lakes will offer 144 units off of Buddy Ellis Road and has begun leasing units.

Soon, the Springs at Juban Crossing -- the apartment complex on the north side of Juban Crossing -- will be offering lease packages as well.

It’s not just apartments, either -- Cella Gardens, and sister development Sanctuary at Juban Crossing, have already sold their first filings and plan to begin Phase II of both develpments -- each will end up with, roughly, 150 homes (300 total).

The fate of the elephant in the room has yet to be decided, however, as negotiations continue for a 2,000-plus home subdivision south of Interstate 12, between Juban Road and Walker South (La. 447).

The development was propositioned to both the City of Walker (utilities) and the parish (permits) before the Great Flood, but has fallen into a stall as post-flood negotiations are ongoing.

The developer had also planned to build an elementary school on the eastern side of the development. Children from the subdivision would attend Walker schools.

Those developments would add 2500 homes and 450 apartment units to an area that is, roughly, four square miles.

Livingston Parish is, in total, about 550 square miles.

Current speculated development includes two housing developments surrounding Juban Crossing, with an undisclosed amount of homes. Livingston Parish’s population is expected to double in the next decade.

McHugh David is publisher and editor of the News. He is also a real estate agent. He can be reached at mchughdavid41@gmail.com, or you can follow him on Twitter @mchughdavid41.

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