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From the seas to Salt Lake: shipping container finds a home

Sarah House Project’s first house to be complete this summer.

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The initial concept was to convert the first container into a mother-in-law apartment for an existing property, but that idea was abandoned because of Salt Lake City’s heated debate over accessory dwelling units. Instead, Crossroads helped White find a suitable vacant lot owned by the Community Development Corporation.

Once they cleared that hurdle, other bureaucratic snags slowed the project.

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"Nobody has seen anything like this before, so we are continually being hit with delays," Bailey said. "It has taken longer than we’d hoped. The city doesn’t know quite how to interpret the code."

But it may be smooth sailing now.

"By building this, it lets people know exactly what it takes to make 640 feet [of] living space out of these containers," White said. "It is another part of innovation here in Salt Lake City that we are trying to create. I’ve got to tell you, it’s been actually six years ago out of my driveway to this. It’s a dream come true."

Well, almost.

"I think the thing will be seeing the owner in that house with a smile on their face," White said.


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