Print
Real Estate - Commercial

Coworx, SISDigital Moving Into New Shipping Container Village Downtown

By Cece Nunn, posted Jul 13, 2017
Bryan Kristof, owner of Coworx, stands in the doorway of one of the containers inside the new Coworx building at 1608 Queen St. in an area of Wilmington dubbed The Cargo District. (Photo by Cece Nunn)
Wilmington's Cargo District is starting to take shape.

 A planned shipping container village under way along the corners of South 16th and Castle streets, the project is under development by Leslie Smith, who owns property in the area and has a subcontracting company, L S Smith Inc. 

Smith announced Thursday that Coworx and SISDigital will be among the first companies to join The Cargo District, setting up shop in an office at 1608 Queen St. with an anticipated opening of Aug. 1. In addition to offices and co-working spaces, the proposed design for the district, dubbed "Cargo" because of the use of shipping containers, includes apartments, live/work units, a coffee shop and a food truck park. 

"The vision for The Cargo District began a few years ago, so it's very exciting to see the project start to come to life with the opening of the new Coworx space," Smith said in a news release. "People are really starting to take notice of this unique concept, and we've had great responses so far.

Coworx owner Bryan Kristof and director Jacqueline Chase are working on recruiting tenants for private offices in shipping containers and rooms, along with computer stations, in the new Coworx co-working building at 1608 Queen St. Two of the 20-foot shipping containers at the building now are from Hanjin, a bankrupt shipping company, and a third was used as an office at Sawmill Point, an apartment complex on the northern Cape Fear River.

"Since 2011, Coworx has provided creative co-working and office space options," Kristof said. "The Cargo District is a perfect fit for our brand, and we've done some really cool things with the design of the space to help inspire fresh ideas and foster a sense of community."

SISDigital, a digital advertising agency in Wilmington, is moving from tekMountain on Sir Tyler Drive to a large private suite at the rear of the Queen Street building that includes one of three shipping containers at the property.

"Our new suite at Coworx is a great space for the team to collaborate," said Ty Downing, CEO of SISDigital, in the release. "We're honored to be among the first to call this new shipping container community home."

More shipping containers are expected to arrive at the site in coming months, with 18 planned to be used in a live/work units on the lot next to 1608 Queen St. Kristof has been working with Smith on conceptual plans for the district (container live/work units shown above and food truck park/village market and food hall conceptual plans shown below).

"We're looking at this property and what can we do to move towards his [Smith's] vision, do something that's smart and what Wilmington needs," Kristof said. 

Story On The Map

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Sabrinaheadshot300x300

What Do Your Office Walls Say About You?

Sabrina Davis - Port City Signs & Graphics
Dallas headshot 300x300

When Key Employees Stall Your Exit

Dallas Romanowski - Cornerstone Business Advisors
Jim ellis headshot 10311631058

Gender and Generation Marketing

Jim Ellis - Signal

Trending News

Changes Coming To Hanover Center, Oleander Drive Site

Cece Nunn - Feb 21, 2018

Downtown Wilmington Store Moving To Mayfaire Town Center

Cece Nunn - Feb 22, 2018

Papanikolaou Family Opens Symposium At Mayfaire

Jessica Maurer - Feb 21, 2018

South Front Phase II Apartments Fully Leased

Christina Haley O'Neal - Feb 20, 2018

Peño Mediterranean Grill Welcomes Customers To New Location  

Jessica Maurer - Feb 21, 2018

In The Current Issue

How To Give, Despite Deduction Increase

Wilmington-area nonprofits, like their counterparts across the country, are watching to see what happens to charitable contributions in 2018...


NHRMC Keeps Hospital Site Options Open

New Hanover Regional Medical Center officials are keeping their options open when it comes to future uses for the former Cape Fear Hospital...


Firms Find Benefits In Mergers

The Cheek family operated an Ocean Isle Beach-based residential real estate firm, Resort Brokerage, for nearly two decades years before deci...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with John Gizdic, CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington's Most Intriguing People of 2017
2017 Health Care Heroes