The question everyone is asking…when is Juban Crossing coming back?

Just like most other businesses in the Denham Springs area, the stores in Juban Crossing sustained catastrophic flood damage in the days from August 13-16, 2016. The complex looked like one huge lake at the peak of the flooding, and structural damages to the buildings are estimated to be around $15 million by developer Steven Keller, and lost inventory at another $15 million.
Juban Crossing, as the only major shopping mall in Livingston Parish, had been a huge success in the almost two years it was open, and everyone asks, when will Academy, The Movie Tavern, Rouses, Bed, Bath and Beyond and all the other stores and restaurants be open again?
Because most stores had four feet or more of water inside, there is massive destruction that will take some time to repair.
According to Keller, all stores at the mall plan to eventually return. Walk-Ons restaurant was the first business to reopen. Ross’s clothing store has projected a reopening date of September 30, and Shoe Carnival should open soon after that. Most stores are trying to get open again by Thanksgiving in time for the holiday shopping season, but some may not be open until December or January.
Juban Crossing had become an integral part of many parish residents’ lives and an extremely important source of income for the parish. The burden to the parish for lost tax revenue from the shopping mall is well over $50,000 per month. That amount, added to the lost revenue from all other closed businesses in the parish, is creating a hardship for the parish and other public bodies that depend upon sales taxes for the bulk of their operating capital. The effect is even greater because the reduction in sales taxes occurs at the same time local governments have had to expend more funds for public safety and flood debris removal.
It is estimated that 60 percent of the businesses parish-wide and perhaps as many as 90+ percent of the businesses in Denham Springs were flooded and closed for at least a few weeks, with many of them still closed.
Likewise, some 90 percent of residents in Denham Springs are in a bind trying to find the funds to repair their homes while many have been out of work and have lost income due to their employers being closed – some permanently – as well as not having transportation to their jobs due to their vehicles being flooded.