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First rebuilt Phoenix apartments since fire certified for occupancy

Mail Tribune / file photo A Talent apartment complex is shown under construction after the Almeda fire. The city of Phoenix granted its first certificate of occupancy to a townhouse apartment eight-plex Thursday.

The first Phoenix apartments to be rebuilt after the Almeda fire are nearly ready for tenants.

The city of Phoenix granted certificates of occupancy Thursday to an eight-plex apartment building, part of the rebuilding Cheryl Lane Townhomes project, according to a news release from city of Phoenix.

“This marks a crucial step in the process of replacing housing lost in the fire,” the release states.

The eight completed units in the 200 block of Cheryl Lane are part of a development on track to restore all 20 of the residences lost in the Sept. 8, 2020 fire.

Seven Phoenix multifamily complexes containing 149 residences were lost in the fire.

Of those multifamily complexes, six complexes and 138 dwellings are in different stages of the rebuild process, according to the city.

Four multifamily housing projects containing 84 units are currently under construction. Two additional projects planning a combined 54 dwellings have applied for building permits.

Medford-based builders Olaf & Co. were granted permits for the eight-plex at 206 and 208 Cheryl Lane in February, and completed the first eight-plex in the housing project within eight months despite challenges such as shortages of building supplies, according to the city.