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Incomplete Cargominium Project Demolished

Brent Warren Brent Warren Incomplete Cargominium Project DemolishedPieces of the disassembled building on Old Leonard Avenue. All photos by Brent Warren.
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The stalled Cargominium project – a 25-unit apartment building made out of shipping containers on Old Leonard Avenue – has now been completely demolished, and crews were busy this morning carting scrap metal away from the site.

Work first started on the affordable housing development in November of 2016, and by early 2017 the shell of the building was complete and the project was on track to open by that summer.

The building was never completed, though, and work on a second building – a single family home made out of shipping containers – also stalled out. The partially-completed home, which was to be the first of several in the area, was also demolished.

The nonprofit organization Nothing into Something Real Estate (NISRE) spearheaded the development of both the apartment building and the single family homes, working with AES Development and Chelsi Technologies.

When contacted about the project last year, NISRE CEO Michelle Reynolds said that a new development team had been assembled, but declined to offer details.

The 1.5-acre site that the Cargominium building stood on was bought by Opportunity Zone Development Group in March of this year.

A representative of the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Columbus Underground.

Update (July 15, 2020): New Apartments Planned for Cargominium Site

A crane loading scrap metal into trucks at the Cargominium site.
A photo of the building taken in December of 2018, after work had stopped on the project.
Another photo from 2018, showing a house on Bassett Avenue was not completed and now appears to have been demolished.
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