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GM, non-profits turn shipping container into tiny home

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Updated: 5/01 10:58 am
By Will Jones
NBC News

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

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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