A new development in St. Louis has proposed using shipping containers to create a mixed-use building. The project, known as The Grove, is located at 4312 Manchester Avenue. It features a three-story structure of stacked steel boxes with retail on the first level and offices and residential above. The development, which already garnered the support of the Forest Park Southeast Development Committee, is set on the site of a former four-family brick home and is presently awaiting approval from the 17th Ward Alderman.
If approved and completed, the mixed-use container building will be the first of its kind in the region. The past decade has seen a profusion of interest in shipping container for architectural projects. Thousands of the modular steel boxes arrive in the United States each year and often sit unoccupied due to a shortage of export products. They can be purchased for $900 to $6,000 each. Amsterdam has made use of container homes and in the United States, pop-up shipping containers are being used to augment already complete structures. San Francisco’s shipping container village continues to grow as well.