Containers are not a passing trend, developer argues

Shipping containers converted into housing units are being considered by university chiefs and housing organizations to solve vacancy issues.

As more organizations flirt with the idea of using “container” housing units, investors should also embrace this new low-cost offering. Or so says the men behind the roll-out of these units in Edmonton.

“Since we launched the demonstration model in Windermere, I am getting about 10 calls a day. Many are from investors who are looking to use vacant land space and want to build affordable rental units,” says Sergio Torres from Avante Global Trade, the development company that plans to create “hundreds” of these units.

Speaking to CREW, Torres says the company is in talks with a major university, and natural resource companies that want to build work camps.

Starting at $45,000, Torres says that the units are designed according to the requirements of the client, including size and design. The company is currently creating a 24-unit hotel for a client in Mexico.

Container housing has become an increasingly popular housing option for many organizations of late, including a women’s social housing development in Vancouver made out of 12 recycle shipping containers. This is the first of its type in Alberta.

Some neighbourhoods may have planning restrictions in place, says Torres, but adds that many investors are also looking at this housing type as recreational cabins. “These units are also great for short-term rentals, especially for those that work in the oil and gas markets. That is where we are seeing a lot of interest.”

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