Sea-can opens for its first preview

Jul. 25, 2013 @ 09:31 PM

Residents can get their first look at what downtown High Point could look like with businesses in sea-cans.
A fully furnished sea-can, The Ignite Crit Suite Box, will be on display during the fourth annual High Point Cycling Classic this weekend. 
The sea-can is a suggestion Andres Duany made during High Point charrettes, an initiative by The City Project.
Duany proposed that the city embrace the use of sea-cans as a way to revitalize the downtown district with new restaurants and businesses.
The sea-can was leased for the week at $10,000 and was outfitted for $150,000.
“We leased it for a week, and it has been refined,” said Richard Wood, chairman of the City Project board of directors. “We hope to get back here for the Coltrane Festival and hopefully for the market. We want to expose it to as many people as we can. We want them to see that it is attractive and that it can be well done.”
The Ignite Crit Suite Box is sponsored by the High Point Community Foundation, High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau, High Point Partners and Ignite High Point.
Revitalizing downtown High Point is important, Wood said.
“We have got to make things happen in High Point so we can maintain what we got and hopefully grow some of the downtown business infrastructure that we have,” Wood said. “We have to have something between these two spikes of market. This place is busy in October and April, but after that you can shoot a gun through here and wouldn’t hurt anybody. We need to get more people on the street, more things happening, more interest and involvement.”
Paul Lessard, president of the High Point Community Foundation, agrees.
“Our foundation is really excited that we could be a part of this,” Lessard said. “The whole idea of leasing the sea-can was to show High Point what they looked like. We do not know what role they will play in the future, but the foundation wanted to be a part of this because we feel like the renovation of our community is critical.”
The box will remain open throughout this weekend’s activities for the public to see how the sea-can concept would work in the downtown area.
Resident Nicholas Young said that it is something he would definitely come to downtown High Point to hang out in.
“It is a pretty neat idea to take a shipping container and turn it into something neat like that,” Young said. “I could not even tell that it was a shipping container. I would go and eat out of one of those.”

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Ignite Crit Suite Box

The sea-can will be open to the public:

Friday - Noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday - Noon to 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Noon to 5 p.m.