'Train container' living getting more popular in downtown Phoenix

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Train containers, known for traveling on tracks, are now being transformed into living quarters. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Train containers, known for traveling on tracks, are now being transformed into living quarters. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Containers on Grand Avenue was the first community of its kind to go up here in the Valley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Containers on Grand Avenue was the first community of its kind to go up here in the Valley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Oscar is the second one to pop up in the art district near 2nd Street and Roosevelt. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Oscar is the second one to pop up in the art district near 2nd Street and Roosevelt. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The Oscar will only have nine units when it opens for rentals. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Oscar will only have nine units when it opens for rentals. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV) -

Train shipping containers are being re-purposed into sleek, contemporary apartment homes. 

They have become increasing popular in different parts of the country. Train containers, known for traveling on tracks, are now being transformed into living quarters.

"The trend has been around for a long time. In America, we are kind of one of the pioneers. In Europe, it's been happening since the 70s," says Brian Stark with Stark James Architecture firm.

Stark, you could say, is responsible for bringing this new trend to the Valley, particularly to downtown Phoenix.

He and his partners are the architects, contractors and developers of Containers on Grand Avenue, which was the first community of its kind to go up here in the Valley.

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The Oscar is the second one to pop up in the art district near Second Street and Roosevelt.

They've gotten national attention for their work.

"It's been a great experience," Stark says.

He took me on a tour of one of the units at The Oscar, which is almost ready for folks to move in.

"The model is we have two containers next to the bathroom and kitchen. The floor is from the actual shipping container. [It shows] the story or richness of this container traveling across the world [and] coming here. You can see barrel rings tire marks," Stark says.

Stark says their hope for these container projects is to give people a different type of experiencing in urban living.

"It's great to be able to work on a project like this in a neighborhood like Roosevelt Row, especially when there are a lot of big projects happening, and for us to be a part of the neighborhood and bring a different flavor than those large apartments. It's nice for it to all not be the same," Stark says.

Right now, the Containers on Grand containers are all filled up, no vacancies.

The Oscar will only have nine units when it opens for rentals.

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