With COVID-19 costing so many people their jobs, members of the Charlotte City Council expressed support for outside-the-box housing options.
By Nate Morabito
April 7, 2020
City Councilwoman Renee Perkins Johnson expressed support of the idea at a virtual meeting Monday night.
“It could really be a time to start thinking outside of the box,” she said. “Could we take a look at building codes and enforcement and using alternative materials right now, such as shipping containers?”
The idea of alternative housing solutions is something Mayor Vi Lyles said she supported during the meeting and reaffirmed Tuesday.
“I think that there is renewed energy about that. I’m not so sure it’s just shipping containers,” the mayor said. “We ought to look at all the innovations and building materials for affordability that we can possibly take, especially since we know we have to have people that are now living in hotels, our homeless population that we moved into hotels, at some point we have to determine how we’re going to work towards permanent housing, affordable housing that can be permanent.”
Shipping container homes are an option slowly gaining momentum in other parts of the country, including in similarly-sized Nashville. Through WCNC Charlotte’s work with the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, we first highlighted the possible housing solution in February after visiting the largest shipping container housing project in the country.
Stacked three-high, 83 Freight is taking shape in an up-and-coming Nashville neighborhood. Once complete, it will be home to studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units priced 20 to 25% below the going rent. The units are made out of once-used shipping containers.
“It’s not something that’s going to replace traditional building, but it’s something that will augment it,” Shawn Bailes, the president of FMBC Investments and Capital City Construction, said in February.
To see the story on WCNC’s website, click here: https://www.wcnc.com/article/money/markets/real-estate/affordable-housing-crisis/charlotte-shipping-containers-affordable-housing/275-b8c491b1-2602-4433-9b85-c4d3fd42ff89