Container apartments in the city center under construction | Jax daily record | Jacksonville Daily Record
Habitable shipping containers, a new option in Jacksonville, go downtown.
JWB Real Estate Capital applied for planning permission for the Ashley Street Container Lofts, consisting of 18 retrofitted shipping containers, in the Cathedral District.
“We’re building the units just off-site,” said JWB President Alex Sifakis via email on July 29th.
He estimates the project at more than $ 1.7 million, about $ 90,000 per unit.
JWB owns the property at 412 E. Ashley St. through Hoose A LLC. The town granted a charter permit on March 18.
JWB proposes converting the shipping containers into 320-square-meter apartments on three floors.
Rent is $ 700 to $ 800 a month.
JWB will start the leasing process in November.
Special to the Daily Record The Ashley Street Container Lofts project is planned for the Downtown Cathedral District at 412 E. Ashley St.
“We are interested in a diverse mix of potential residents – young, old, higher income, lower income – we look forward to adding a new downtown property that will add to the diverse urban fabric of downtown,” said Sifakis.
Each unit has complete equipment including a washer dryer; Granite counters; and high-end lighting and sanitary fittings.
ShayCore Enterprises Inc. is the contractor for the $ 25,000 foundation and $ 1.5 million construction project.
Fisher Koppenhafer Architecture Interior Design is the architect.
According to Sifakis, six units should be on site in a few months and the project should be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
He called it “a very complicated project”.
Sifakis said his group had to find “the right solution” with an engineer and contractor.
“And the plans have to be precise,” he said. “You have had countless revisions.”
He said the specificity was necessary.
“If you are producing in a factory and shipping the units to the site, there is a lot less tolerance for location changes.”
Sifakis said the containers were sourced locally and will be assembled at ShayCore’s facility.
The Downtown Development Review Board approved the final drafts.
The western outer wall of the apartments is to be provided with a mural. A courtyard terrace will be created between the containers and bike racks.
Sifakis said for accessibility compliance that the units on the first floor have bathrooms at the end of the unit so there are no balconies on them.