Port Arthur Reclaims 200+ Affordable Apartments

Ambroise Village Grand Opening Exterior

The formerly-known Southwood Crossing Apartments have been rebuilt.

But now, they’ll be known as the Ambroise Apartments — rebuilt from the destruction of Tropical Storm Harvey and named for the former Port Arthur Housing Authority Chairman of the Board.

“The water came up about two and a half feet through most of the buildings, and water came from back behind the property and filled up this whole area — all the way to the highway,” said Chris Akbari, CEO of ITEX, a management and development company. “The funding from the Texas General Land Office helped us to completely rehabilitate the property and put it back in order.”

The property is one of 13 complexes that the Texas General Land Office is working on in Jefferson County, according to Office Director of Communications, Community Development & Revitalization Brittany Eck

The Office used more than $13 million in federal funding to rehabilitate the 204-unit multifamily community. The units will be set aside for 20 years exclusively for low- or moderate-income families, defined as those who earn 80% of less than the Area Median Family Income.

“I know that there are a lot of people that have called this apartment complex home that have been missing it,” Eck said. “Today’s the day.”

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