Shipping container ‘post-disaster housing complex’ coming to Cadman Plaza
This summer, a three- to four-story “post-disaster housing complex” made of shipping containers will be set up across the street from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Downtown Brooklyn.
The housing complex – a prototype of emergency housing designed for urban areas — is being given a dry run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), OEM and FEMA in preparation for the next catastrophic storm.
The cozy container units – complete with furniture and spaces for cooking, bathing, living, and sleeping — will be tested at a fenced-in lot at 165 Cadman Plaza East at Red Cross Place for a year, and will be occupied by residents for at least six months, the city says.
There’s no official decision yet on who gets to live inside the container housing, an insider said. Calls to OEM were not returned by press time.