Shipping container apartments coming to Downtown Phoenix

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Each apartment is made up of two shipping containers. (Source: 3TV) Each apartment is made up of two shipping containers. (Source: 3TV)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Containers on Grand is a new apartment complex going up in the Valley.

The major building material here: shipping containers.

The goal is to utilize old shipping containers and provide a place to live close to downtown.

"We're really passionate about bringing people downtown and giving them a place to live," said architect Wesley James of StarkJames LLC.

James and his business partner, architect Brian Stark, thought out of the box and into the shipping container.

"Where you're standing is the living room. Behind you will be glass and about half way here will be the central corridor-- that corridor will house the closet storage," said Stark.

Each apartment is made up of two shipping containers.

Total square footage: 740.

All in a convenient location at 12th Avenue and Grand Avenue.

"They're going to look a lot like shipping containers when we're all said and done. That's part of the appeal to us. They're going to be really beautiful open modern one bedroom apartments," said James.

The eight apartments will give new life to a resource that's going unused.

"One of the big problems we have in the U.S. with shipping containers in particular is we have a lot more here than we know what to do with because of the trade deficit," said James.

Containers on Grand should be open by the end of spring.

The concept is getting a lot of attention from young professionals and students at ASU's downtown campus.

James and Stark hope more developers bring more housing into the up and coming Phoenix arts district.

The apartments will rent for $950 to $1000 a month.

Right now, there's a wait list of 133 people.

For more information and renderings of the project go to www.containersongrand.com.

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