The Detroit Free Press says FIRST CONTAINER is raising money to build first a storage container community center, then a boutique hotel, at Eastern Market downtown. The project is called the Collision Works Story Box. Project leader, a former New York ad executive who moved to Detroit in 2011, says the prototype community center project will place two empty shipping containers near Shed 5 at Russell Street.

Eastern Market was chosen for several reasons. It’s been around since 1891 and is the longest continually running farmers market in the U.S., with one of the largest permanent open-air market structures. People from all walks of life go to Eastern Market. It’s a gathering place for artists, activists, and thinkers. Coordinators want to connect fresh food, local agriculture, art, and community. They’re hoping to have the prototype community center ready by May 19, Eastern Market’s Flower Day.

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