The planning department is set to approve the construction of housing using repurposed shipping containers.
The three-story units will be welded to concrete-and-steel piers, eliminating the expense of excavating and building foundation walls in a basement, he said. In northern New Jersey, construction costs for a moderately priced home range from about $115 to $125 a square foot, Mr. Hood said. Though he is still waiting for estimates from contractors, the developers’ goal is to spend $90 to $95 a square foot on construction. Sales prices for the 1,034-square-foot units could range from $225,000 to $250,000.
Growing in popularity in Europe, the buildings offer unique, affordable design with ecologically sound materials. Exciting to see this kind of experimentation happening in our city:
The units will have floor-to-ceiling windows for lots of natural light, white interior walls and wood window frames in the public hallways to soften the environment.
“I don’t think you will feel like you are in a box,” Mr. Cooke said.