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GM helping to build shipping container homestead

- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors is teaming with a Detroit urban farming nonprofit to build what the automaker says is the city's first occupied shipping container homestead.

In a news release Wednesday, GM says the container home will be constructed of 85 percent scrap materials donated by the company and built in part by employee volunteers.

When completed this spring, the 40-foot-long home will feature 320 square feet of living space with two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen.

It'll be built on the grounds of GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative says the dwelling will be used to show how repurposed materials can be used to benefit urban agriculture.

A university student caretaker will live in the home and manage a farm while using the land for agricultural research activities.

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