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Columbus 'Cargominium' Development Revived By New Investor

An artist's rendering of "cargominiums" made from shipping containers.
An artist's rendering of "cargominiums" made from shipping containers.

A new Columbus developer will step in to complete a "cargominium" housing project, considered the first of its kind. 

Opportunity Zone Development Group is taking over the unfinished units on Old Leonard Avenue.  The non-profit organization Nothing Into Something Real Estate (NISRE) started the projecttwo years ago, with 54 shipping containers serving as the bones for affordable housing units.

Work halted last year, after problems arose with the first developer, AES Development, and general contractor Chelsi Technologies.

Graham Allison says he expects work to resume this summer.  He says the site has been included in a federal “Opportunity Zone,” whichgives tax benefitsto investors.

Final construction will also include a single-family home development around the corner from the cargominiums.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.