Ada — Over one hundred-years ago, a native pecan tree took root behind the homestead of the Hughes family on the county road that has become 2226-2308 Arlington Boulevard (the four-lane, east/west thoroughfare connecting the main part of Ada with Mercy Hospital and surrounding healthcare facilities at the east edge of town).
The direct descendants of these early settlers, and more recently the late Finis and Donnie Morrison and R.D. and Lurline Fisher, will begin construction of a 69-unit upscale garden apartment complex on the six-acre tract on the north side of Arlington Boulevard.
After thirteen months of planning and permitting, DOLE Enterprises, LLC (the Fisher family’s real-estate company) broke ground Friday morning for Arlington Gardens Apartments, a 69-unit complex of one and two bedroom apartments. The members of DOLE are Dr Darryl Fisher and Eric Fisher, both from Oklahoma City, and Laura Fisher Clark of Atlanta.
DOLE was formed in 1969 when Darryl Fisher and the late Orpha Lou Morrison Fisher (both raised in Ada) invested in a single-family home in Ada, followed soon by a five-unit apartment complex, both still owned by the family company.
For the next 45 years, the Fisher family created a small business in Ada, renting, building, purchasing and selling real-estate, mostly within the Ada city limits.
During the past year, engineers and landscape designers from Cardinal Engineering, Inc. of Oklahoma City and architects from Andrew Thomas & Associates (Oklahoma City) have collaborated with DOLE in the creative-design and engineering plans.
Arlington Gardens will be a campus of 10 two-story apartment buildings plus a manager’s residence. The one and two bedroom apartments measure 845 sq. feet and 1070 sq. feet, and will feature nine-foot ceilings, granite counter surfaces, washers/dryers, energy-efficient appliances, energy-conserving construction, ceiling fans, ample parking and exterior entrances for each unit.