“Douglas Oaks” is ready to house Bridge City families. A grand opening took place Thursday for the housing development.

The 16 rental units (12 two-bedroom and four one-bedroom units) were heavily damaged from Hurricane Ike when flood waters covered the town of Bridge City.

Richard “Diesel” Durkin, owner of Durcon Construction, in conjunction with longtime friend Russell Covington, formed Ric-Rus and purchased the units several months ago. Durkin has completely refurbished and updated the units to meet today’s living standards. Interiors sport new insulation, sheetrock, ceramic tile, all new appliances and where applicable, automatic garage door openers or stacked washer/dryers.

The exterior has likewise been renewed and landscaped. Garbage services are paid.

One-bedroom apartments have around 750 square feet of living space, covered parking and rent for $699 with a $200 deposit. Two bedroom apartments have one bath and approximately 1,000 square feet of living space. Some  have a one-car garage or covered parking. Rent starts at $819 with a $300 deposit.

Covington said, “We are excited to contribute to the rebuilding of the Bridge City community and greatly appreciate the support of local firms and businesses in the process. We would like to thank Orange Savings Bank, Sanders and Sanders Law Firm, Debbie Hughes (Jerry Hughes Realty), Ashworth Management and of course the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.”

Two units have already been rented. When Douglas Oaks is fully leased, Durkin said the partners may start building more apartments in Orangefield.

For questions or information regarding availability of the units, contact Nancy Ashworth at (409) 719-6329.