Shipping container Granny House can meet city historic guidelines if done right, a city staff report found.
"Overwhelmingly, the designs are unique, contemporary architectural expressions," the report stated. "There is, however, concern that if not executed properly, a shipping container home can resemble typical, pre-fabricated housing."
Jarod Theobald, owner of flow, a men's clothing shop, is the developer. The property is owned by non-profit community development organization Center for Great Neighborhoods.
Theobald was unavailable for comment Monday.
The Center for Great Neighborhoods hasn't approved the project yet and is awaiting to see whether the city approves of it and whether there's significant opposition from the neighborhood, said Tom DiBello, executive director of the Center for Great Neighborhoods.
A local business owner has proposed building a home out of two shipping containers on a vacant lot in Covington's west side, spurring debate on whether this is appropriate for a neighborhood with buildings dating back to before the Civil War.
Shipping containers modified with windows, decks and trendy decor have served as thrifty and hip homes in urban areas around the country. But it would be new to Covington.
"We have the spaceship, and now a shipping container " said City Manager Larry Klein, referring to Covington's landmark house that resembles a spaceship.
Covington's Urban Design Review Board will review the application for two shipping Container House plots to be put side-by-side on a grass lot at 307 Orchard Street. City staff has recommended against it until more detailed plans can be submitted. The UDRB will make a recommendation. The Covington City Commission has final say.