05/19/2013 09:28 am ET Updated Jul 19, 2013

Shipping Container Hotel Project Floats Its Plan At Eastern Market's Flower Day

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The prototype for the "most important hotel in America" is sitting on a patch of grass at Eastern Market, says a national hotel guru. But to the throngs who will visit today's annual Flower Day at Eastern Market, it will look like a creatively customized shipping container.

The shipping container is a mini version of a hotel lobby as envisioned by Shel Kimen, 42, a Michigan State University graduate and former New York advertising executive. She is trying to raise $4 million to erect a 36-unit boutique hotel built from shipping containers on city-owned land nearby.

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