The trend of recycling old shipping container into homes has taken hold in cities around the U.S., but not in Chicago. But one developer would like to bring what he believes would be the first residential shipping container to Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, DNAInfo reports.
Developer Adrian Gutierrez, owner of Mighty Containers, owns about 20 vacant lots in the South Side neighborhood and plans to use one for his container home (he tried in 2015 on a different Englewood block, but was met with resistance from neighbors). He plans to use larger containers, 8 by 40 feet each, that would create a 640 square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home. He plans to install energy efficient features including a rainwater containment system and low-water usage toilets.
Gutierrez still needs a permit from the city's Building Department, and he hopes to start work on the foundation once the weather warms up.
Shipping Container Home Again Eyed For Englewood [DNAInfo Chicago]