Developer Will Build Detroit Condos Out Of Shipping Containers
November 16th, 2012, 5:53 AM
An intriguing idea that died in the housing crisis is back on the boards: Condos made out of shipping containers that would be built on W. Warren and Rosa Parks west of Wayne State University, reports John Gallagher in the Free Press.
While shipping containers sound unusual as residences here, they have long been used in Europe and elsewhere in the world as both residences and offices.
Leslie Horn, CEO of Three Squared, the Detroit-based firm that is building the project, said a model unit and sales center will break ground in mid-December on Michigan Avenue west of downtown. Three stories tall, the center will let potential buyers see just how innovative shipping container architecture can be, Gallagher said.
The $3.4-million project on W. Warren would stack empty containers four high, cut in windows and doors, install plumbing, stairways and heating, and add amenities such as balconies and landscaped patios. Construction will start next year.