WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington Downtown Inc. held a ribbon cutting Thursday for Coworx at The Cargo District, the region's first shipping container village.
The Cargo District is located near the intersection of 16th and Queen streets. Developers envision a multi-purpose destination where people can live, work, and spend money.
The project will feature re-purposed shipping containers that will be renovated to craft a contemporary, mixed-use village for people to work, meet and create.
"It's just kind of a new spin on things," said Bryan Kristof, the owner of Coworx. "It's kind of an alternative building block that we can use. So it's a green approach but also from a design perspective, it's something new. We're in the Port City. We have a steady supply of containers here."
Once the development is finished, it will feature container apartments, live and work units, a food truck park and a mix of local food and retail pop-ups.
People who attended the grand opening celebration got the chance to see how intermodal shipping containers have been repurposed for office space, along with a sneak peek of what's to come as The Cargo District evolves over the next few years.
There are other projects like this seeing success in other parts of the country. This will be a first for Wilmington.