Shipping containers will be used for affordable Dallas housing project

Merriman Anderson / Architects has designed some of the largest historic building restorations in Dallas.

And the Dallas architect has built new buildings in the downtown East Quarter and suburbs.

However, the company’s latest project required a rethink.

It is a shipping container apartment complex in southeast Dallas.

Merriman Anderson / Architects designed the Lomax Container Housing Project on South Malcolm X Boulevard together with the local company CitySquare Housing. Construction work is scheduled to begin early this year.

The 19 affordable one-bedroom units are made up of repurposed 300 square foot shipping containers.

The compact rental units have a living area in front of the kitchen, a bathroom and a single room.

The one-of-a-kind units rent from around $ 906 per month inclusive of utilities, and are limited to residents starting 60% or less of the area’s median income.

“We are proud to be part of such a unique project and to support a philanthropic effort by CitySquare Housing,” said Milton Anderson, President of Merriman Anderson / Architects, in a statement.

Merriman Anderson and CitySquare Housing plan to use the project as a prototype for larger, affordable residential communities to be built around Dallas with 100 to 130 units.

Hawk structures. Summit Consultants, Hunt & Joiner, RLG Consulting Engineers, IntroSpec and Studio Outside also took part in the project.

CitySquare Housing is a Dallas non-profit organization committed to combating poverty and providing affordable housing.

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