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An historic building turned mixed-use development has now started welcoming its first apartment residents.

The Staples-Pake Building is being restored into a combination residential-commercial site.

Residents started moving in Friday to the twenty apartments, all of which are rented.

And a restaurant will move in on the ground floor.

Jacob Napper with Gulfbelt Properties said, "This building was originally built in the 1850's.  it was called the Emmanuel Building.  It was Bank of Mobile and then it was office spaces for a long time."

Jeremy Milling with Milling Commercial Realty said the new restaurant is "Ruby Slipper Cafe.  They're based out of New Orleans. They also have a location in Orange Beach and Pensacola.  We're really excited to get them into downtown Mobile."

The restaurant is expected to open in the first quarter of next year.

The Staples-Pake Building still has commercial space available.

This is the website for the development:

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