Neighbors upset over house made of shipping containers

Published: May. 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM CDT|Updated: May. 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM CDT
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Going green might help protect the environment but some midtown Tucson residents have a problem with a new house being built out of old shipping containers.  It's a two-story home near Mountain and Prince made of the stacked metal containers.

Some neighbors say it's an innovative move towards eco-friendly design.

Others call it an eye-sore.

"It's totally inappropriate for a 1950s ranch house area," says neighbor Tony Peeters.  "This was very thoughtless not to at least contact the neighbors."

Developer Jason Anderson of Anderson Workshop LLC says the home will look much different when it's completed two weeks from now.  He provided artist renderings of what the final product will look like with an outside covering.

"It's intended to, you know, shield the sun from hitting the containers, but it's basically like a smooth contemporary steel box," says Anderson.

There are also health concerns about these shipping containers that are treated with chemicals to prevent contamination in the shipping process.

"They've been sand-blasted, recoated and primed.  If there is any kind of materials or traces of that stuff it's been removed."

Anderson insists this contemporary eco-friendly design is the new direction in housing.

Peeters admits change can be difficult.

"We always have to adapt to that," says Peeters.  This is being forced upon us."

Tucson City Council member Karin Uhlich represents the area of Mountain and Prince.  She says she's been getting a lot of calls from neighbors who are not happy with the house.  Uhlich has encouraged the developer and neighbors to sit down and talk it out.

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