Tiburon developer looks to turn steel shipping containers into tiny homes

April 30, 2020

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Tiburon resident Charlie Oewel has every reason to coast through the rest of his career. Over more than three decades in real-estate development, he has built thousands of multifamily units and has become a leading developer of housing for university students. He currently has three projects in the pipeline to build 265 apartment units near the University of California at Berkeley. But the 76-year-old isn’t stopping there. Now, Oewel is working on a brand-new project to create emergency housing out of steel shipping containers. Oewel has been a catalyzing figure in forming Disaster Area Steel Housing, or Dash, a company that hopes to create cheap, livable steel homes that can be quickly deployed to house people affected by catastrophes like wildfires. The company also has plans to develop a prototype village that could house the homeless.

 

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