Bella of Baton Rouge, a 220-unit apartment complex located between Interstate 12 and Old Hammond Highway, has partially re-opened nearly a year after most of the property flooded.
Eight of the 28 buildings in the complex at 1855 Boulevard de Province are open, said Christopher Edwards, managing director for Audubon Communities. Audubon owns Bella of Baton Rouge. The rest of the complex is expected to reopen by the end of the year.
Right now, 36 of the 64 available apartments are occupied. Another 11 have been leased to tenants who are moving in, Edwards said.
“We’re happy to build them back,” he said.
Audubon took over Bella in March 2012, buying the property out of bankruptcy. The company, based in suburban Atlanta, spent more than $7 million and three years renovating the complex.
During the August flood, Bella of Baton Rouge took on as much as 8 feet of water. That damaged 70 percent of the apartments and townhomes in the complex. Because of the extensive damage and the fact that the electrical service to the property was flooded, the entire property was deemed uninhabitable, Edwards said. Before the flood happened, the complex was 95 percent occupied. Units in Bella of Baton Rouge rent for between $660 a month for a one-bedroom to $840 for a two-bedroom townhome.
Audubon Communities plans to spend more than $4 million rebuilding the complex.