In September 2014, local architecture firm Travis Price Architects constructed Washington, D.C.’s first shipping container housing development, located in Brookland. Since then, Price has attempted to create additional shipping container-turned-residences in Shaw and in Rosedale with some of these plans rejected.
Recently, there were plans to build another shipping container condo development in Brookland, but those plans won’t move forward due to new stormwater regulations resulting in the project becoming overbudget. Local blog The Brookland Bridge has since found out what will happen with this latest project, located at 1201 Franklin Street NE.
The planned one-floor project will house three storefronts, ranging in size from 1,000 square feet to 1,650 square feet to 3,500 square feet. The surface parking lot will remain. There are no reports yet on what retailers are planned for the project.
Currently, the site houses a 6,748-square-foot building that was previously used as a Safeway and later a medical building. If Price’s original plans had panned out, an additional 13,960 square feet would have been added to the structure along with four two-bedroom apartments with private balconies.
• First Look: Potential Retail Space Concept at 12th and Franklin [The Brookland Bridge]
• Brookland's planned shipping container condos are canceled [Curbed DC]