Apartment Construction on the Rise

Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The Basin has seen a shortage of apartments for a couple of years now. Some of us have even had problems finding a place to live. But the City of Odessa is trying to change that trend.    

"It's great, this is what we need because most of the apartments complexes existing now are at 99% capacity so aparments are absolutely needed all over the city," Marwan Khoury, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Odessa, said.

More than 700 new apartments are going up, and there are plans for more in the future.

"We have three approved already and two coming down, we are really excited about it, this is the first time we have a seen an apartment built in Odessa for a long time," Khoury said.

These new constructions are a response to the Basin's growing economy. 
"We need them badly, because there is a lot of people coming to town, we have a lot of jobs. A lot of places a lot of business that have signs saying we are hiring now, and those people come for a job, and can't find an apartment to live," Khoury said.

Marwan Khoury says if developments were not being built, it would devastating for the city.

"Probably a lot of people would not stay, because if you can not find a place to live, they would go back to where ever they come from, and that would be not good for us, we want to grow, if we don't have more places, we don't have anything," Khoury said. 

Odessa is not the only city with future plans for more apartments. The fate of a 210 unit apartment complex in Midland will be decided during Tuesday's City Council meeting.