After years of delays it seems like Detroit’s long-awaited shipping container food hall may finally be breaking ground in Cass Corridor. Detroit Shipping Co. confirmed today that the project will be putting shovels to dirt this week at 474 Peterboro Street near The Peterboro and 8 Degrees Plato, according to Metro Times.
The mixed-use entertainment complex will feature five food vendors — Brujo Tacos & Tapas, Coop, Monty’s Beef Co., Detroit Dog Co., and (as of today) Bangkok 96. Additionally, Detroit Shipping Co. will operate two bars, pop-up art space, and retail space.
Partners Jonathan Hartzell and James Therkalsen and architect Dominic Walbridge had intended to begin construction on the 12,000-square-foot food hall last August but delays in permitting pushed back the company’s timeline significantly. Because the building’s 21 shipping containers can be partially built out off-site, Detroit Shipping Co. could come together relatively quickly once it gets moving. The project is now on track for a mid-October opening.
Update, 6/28, 4:20 p.m.: Reached by Eater, partner James Therkalsen confirms that the general contractor and architect are completing a survey of the Detroit Shipping Co. site with the goal of breaking ground this week. Fabrication of the shipping containers is also slated to begin in the next few weeks.
In addition to news of movement at the building site, Therkalsen says that Detroit Shipping Co. is in the process of recruiting a sixth as-of-yet-unnamed “gourmet coffee and ice cream” vendor. That cafe is likely to land on the second level of the complex.