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Shipping containers recycled as retail spaces at new Assembly Row center, in Boston area


New York -- Boxman Studios, a leader in shipping container modification, have created a one-of-a-kind dining and retail venue from shipping containers to anchor Assembly Row, a new mixed-use development in Somerville, Massachusetts, which is just outside of Boston.

Four modified 20-ft. shipping containers make up SombBlox, an homage to Somerville’s historically industrial past. The four containers create three distinct spaces that are all ADA accessible and include electrical and lighting.

Two containers are designed for retail spaces with easy-to-open 8-ft. hinged storefront windows and steel doors to quickly adapt to weather conditions. Two containers have been outfitted with kitchen equipment and plumbing and will house retail and food prep areas for Somerville Brewing Company’s American Fresh Taproom, which will feature a 60-seat, open-air beer garden.

The unique container courtyard is scheduled to open Aug. 2.

“We wanted to highlight Somerville’s artistic community and its heritage, and Somblox will be the perfect blend of the two,” said Russ Joyner, VP and general manager, Federal Realty, which is developing Assembly Row. “Locals will feel right at home, entrepreneurs and growing businesses can test drive their concepts, and visitors will be introduced to a slice of local flavor.”

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