Chain dining places, retail shops and industrial warehouses dot Tempe’s northeast metropolis limits.

But the cheapest hire at a proposed condominium advanced in the area goes for about $1,500 for a studio — a market-fee cost that is out of attain for numerous services workers.

The apartments, Smith & Rio Household at Rio Salado Parkway and Smith Street, have drawn criticism from citizens and some council members alike for a lack of workforce housing and other issues.

The job has reignited a many years-lengthy discussion about how Tempe leaders can best handle very affordable housing problems in the town.

Soaring rent and house loan selling prices have set a squeeze on Tempe inhabitants. The challenge is anticipated to exacerbate as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic proceeds to acquire a toll on the economic system and the end of a federal moratorium on evictions looms.