OK SEA, which was to be the city's first assemblage of used shipping containers adapted for retail and office use, is being relocated from the entryway to Automobile Alley to an empty lot in Deep Deuce.
The project, conceived by architect Wade Scaramucci, was first to be located at Fifth Street and Harrison Avenue. Richard Scaramucci, a developer in Deep Deuce, said he acquired the project after the owner of the Fifth and Harrison property, Matt Brown, began to entertain more permanent development opportunities for the Harrison Avenue site. Brown declined to comment on the property.
The new location for OK SEA, 30 NE 2, was bought by Richard McKown when he acquired a batch of properties in Deep Deuce where he built Level apartments and is currently building the Mosaic apartments. The site at 30 NE 2, however, is a small parcel no wider than 80 feet that is nestled between the new Aloft Hotel, a small pocket park, and the Clark Building.
Tail wagging dog
“This is kind of a case of the tail wagging the dog,” McKown said. “We started building a dog park. I had my architects and landscaping architects in on the conversation, and that's when Matt Brown came into looking at a more valuable opportunity for his site. We shared the same architect (Scaramucci). And architect said, ‘If Matt isn't going to do OK SEA on his site, why not do it on the dog park site?'”