Shipping container condo complex planned for Winnipeg

Plan for 956 Notre Dame Avenue, a.k.a. Nightingale 956, a condo project built from shipping containers.



WINNIPEG -- A proposal to build the city's first shipping container housing project will head to city hall Tuesday.

David Penner Architects has submitted designs and variance requests to build a three-storey project out of shipping containers at 956 Notre Dame Ave.

Called Nightingale 956, the project would include 18 rental units of 440 square feet each, plus a mezzanine, elevator, common corridors and storage modules.

To build it, the company would have to get city approval for dramatically smaller lot sizes than normal -- 7,000 square feet instead of 20,000.

They're also asking for a reduction in the required number of parking spaces from 20 to five.

The proposal includes a plan to put a Peg City Car Co-op parking location on the site, allowing tenants -- and others in the neighbourhood -- to access shared cars, through membership in the co-op.

At least one car would be available to tenants, according to the document, which also notes condo projects with no parking and car-sharing plans have recently been built in Vancouver and Edinburgh.

One home and a commercial building at the site would need to be demolished, if the plan goes ahead.
In 2010, Manitoba's first container home was put on the market in Roland, MB.

Later that year, the city's property committee passed a motion trying to get more such homes built in Winnipeg.

Repurposed shipping containers -- 40-foot-long steel boxes used on trains, trucks and intercontinental freighters -- are corrugated steel boxes built to be almost indestructible, but require plenty of insulation for cold temperatures.

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