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Closure of the Phoenix cafe to make way for affordable housing

PHOENIX — A Phoenix cafe that has been serving visitors for more than eight years is closing its doors and making way for an affordable apartment complex.

The Acacia Heights complex, which will be located at Seventh Avenue and Camelback Road, will serve low-income families once it is developed, according to a press release.

The move comes after Refuge Café, a cafe overseen by Catholic Charities Community Services, announced it would serve its last cup of coffee on site on June 30.

The complex should consist of several buildings with various units ready to accommodate a variety of people.

The final two phases of Acacia Heights received funding in early June, with construction of the 66-unit Phase Two and 68-unit Phase Three expected to begin in the coming weeks, according to the release.

Development costs for phase two are approximately $24.3 million and will yield a mix of units of 21 one-bedroom apartments, 21 two-bedroom apartments, 21 three-bedroom apartments and three four-bedroom apartments. and two bathrooms.

The third phase will bring a single five-story building with a mix of 35 one-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom units, with units aimed at families with incomes between 40% and 60% median income.

Among a range of amenities for both phases are an outdoor courtyard, playground, sports field and community garden.

Rents will be based on household income and will range from $600 to $900 per month for one bedroom, $700 to $1,100 for a two bedroom unit and $800 to $1,200 for a three bedroom unit .

“The Refuge Café has had an excellent run over the past eight years, winning both accolades and awards, including Best Non-Profit Restaurant in 2016, as a wonderful gathering place for those committed to the helping others,” said Steve Capobres, vice president of business development for Catholic Charities Community Services. said in the press release.

“This same commitment to serving others will carry the coffeehouse legacy to the many families who will soon call Acacia Heights home.”

An affiliate of the cafe will remain open at Sky Harbor International Airport in Terminal 4.

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