Shipping Container Homes: the housing solution San Diego needs?

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For the first time, homes built out of shipping containers are coming to San Diego. Think Quartyard, but instead of a bar and concert venue, it’s a whole neighborhood. Sound bad? In a 10News exclusive report, developers explained how this housing system could actually help support our current housing crisis.

“When you say, ‘shipping containers’, it's like [people] go into the stratosphere,” explained developer Doug Holmes. Together with business partner, Michael Copley, Holmes runs Makana Properties, a development company behind the innovative new project that’s turning shipping containers into livable spaces. Speed of construction, Holmes said, was the most valuable part of this system.

Makana Properties is set to break ground with these container homes in Logan Heights, with artist renderings showing a finished product that looks like a normal house from the outside. Inside there will be 42 stacked, insulated metal shipping containers, 21 in total. Each container home will have 320 square feet of space, including kitchens, bathrooms and patios.

As evidenced by similar projects in other cities, developers believe there’s real potential to see these new homes as a solution to San Diego's housing crisis. The Logan Heights site will be rented out to homeless veterans using VA vouchers, but the developers say this is not an exclusive homeless housing project, though all containers be rent-only. Makana Properties is already looking to broaden its reach by bringing more shipping container units to the city that can be used by locals of all backgrounds who are in need of affordable housing.

“When the project is completed, it really is a very attractive looking building,” adds Holmes. Like most plans presented as solutions to the housing crisis, we can only just hope these mfs aren’t lying.

Construction is expected to start in a few months and be completed as soon as next April.