A $5.7 million project continues at Cypresswood Crossing Apartments, corner of South Texas 87 and Farm Road 105. The complex has a target completion date of September, where individuals or families can start moving in. 

Developers are also putting in a new subdivision to include 225 single family lots, and it is hoped businesses can be attracted there for a shopping center.

“Our first phase was to build 76 units,” said Chris Akbari with ITEX Developers of Port Arthur, which specializes in property management and construction. 

“This is the second phase. We built the first ones as a test and when we saw the market was stronger then we thought, we decided in early 2008 to undergo more construction. Of course, [Hurricane Ike} slowed down the progress quite a bit.”

In all there will be 128 units with a resort-style pool, a workout center and a poolside area. The complex is in the Bridge City school district and includes one- , two-  and three-bedroom units. Long Architects, in business in Southeast Texas for many years, was the design firm hired. 

Right now the clubhouse is shared between the two apartment sections, but soon Phase 2 should have its own pool facility. Security is provided with controlled gates.

“There will be a large lake there with a walking trail,” Akbari said. “The area is just like one would see in an upscale apartment area in Houston. There will be a playground area for younger kids, what we call a ‘Tot Lot.’”

Interested potential residents may call the leasing office at 886-0644, Akbari said. Applicants will have to meet qualifications to be placed on a waiting list.

“We’ve been trying to attract some businesses there, but with the credit crisis it’s been difficult,” Akbari said. “But as more homes are built there, the easier that will be and I fully expect that in three to five years we’ll see a shopping center there.”

ITEX is also working on an $18 million project in Orange’s Navy Park Addition. Construction is targeted through the end of September. Unit prices are undetermined and subject to change.
In all, there will be about 150 units with three bedrooms, two-and-a half baths, two stories and a one- or two-car garage. Also planned are a community center and playground.

The original units were among the first housing facilities constructed specifically to support wartime production during World War II. According to a 1997 report by the Orange Historical Commission, the Naval Base at Orange was considered “closed” in 1962, although it has continued to operate as a reserve base.