Shipping Container Hotel Project Floats Its Plan in Detroit #green #construction #sustainability

May 19--The prototype for the "most important hotel in America" is sitting on a patch of grass at Eastern Market, says a national hotel guru. But to the throngs who will visit today's annual Flower Day at Eastern Market, it will look like a creatively customized shipping container. The shipping container is a mini version of a hotel lobby as envisioned by Shel Kimen, 42, a Michigan State University graduate and former New York advertising executive. She is trying to raise $4 million to erect a 36-unit boutique hotel built from shipping containers on city-owned land nearby. The first container, www.firstcontainer.com, already is a tourist stop. On Friday, travelers from Washington state and Toronto stopped by. Sharon Vanderkaay, a Detroit-born, Toronto-based architect, had read about Kimen's plan and asked Show Me Detroit tour operator Kim Rusinow to include it in a tour of...

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