Third SteelCraft Development Approved by City of Bellflower


Contact: Jennifer Le

LONG BEACH, Calif. (August 17, 2017)—Monday evening, at the City of Bellflower Public Hearing, city council members unanimously approved for SteelCraft to develop its third shipping container park with development partner, Howard CDM. The 15,000 square-foot city-owned lot, located on Bellflower Boulevard and Oak Street, will feature approximately 10 unique tenants who serve craft food and drink from repurposed shipping containers.

The design will be similar to the Long Beach location with an array of 20- and 40-foot shipping containers to best fit the space and a communal dining area. SteelCraft Bellflower will boast at least two additional food tenants, a second story and covered barn seating.

Rendering courtesy of Turpin Design Group Inc.

“What’s special about Bellflower is they have this excitement for our team to search far and wide to bring creative new dining and retail establishments to their city. That trust is something we value in a partnership and we are eager to get started,” said Kim Gros, founder of SteelCraft. “We take great pride in bringing the best tenants to the space—Bellflower’s enthusiasm is a tremendous complement to our team and what we’ve created.”

SteelCraft Bellflower is expected to add over 100 job opportunities to the local community.

Martin Howard, President and CEO of Howard CDM said, “I grew up in Bellflower. I went to school right down the street. I knew before we did any research SteelCraft Bellflower would be a home run. It’s my neighborhood.”

“We are excited to welcome Steelcraft and its rapidly growing reputation as a unique dining and social experience into Downtown Bellflower,” said City Council Member Juan Garza. “It will complement our niche retail stores and delicious home-grown restaurants perfectly, and continues Downtown Bellflower’s growing renaissance and reputation as a desired destination in our region.”

Howard continued, “Beyond my personal feelings about this community, the pieces really are all there – the population, the jobs, and the return this development will generate for this community. It’s a smart move for all parties involved.”

The development is estimated to generate $50,000 in annual sales tax and an additional $22,000 in annual lease revenue for the City of Bellflower.

“We are moving quickly on Bellflower. We were hopeful the deal would go through so we could make the news public and keep our team’s momentum going,” said Howard.

“The wheels are always turning to bring each city’s unique ideas to life,” added Gros. “We already have big ideas for Bellflower.”

SteelCraft Bellflower is expected to open in late 2018.



SteelCraft is an outdoor urban eatery built with repurposed shipping containers as a tribute to the history of the shipping industry in Long Beach. Dedicated to the restoration of resources, craft of unique food and building of community, the SteelCraft experience is truly one of a kind. The first SteelCraft location opened in Long Beach in 2017 and is currently occupied by Desano Pizza, Lovesome Chocolates, Pig Pen Delicacy, Smog City Brewing, Steelhead Coffee, Tajima Ramen, The Fresh Shave and Waffle Love. Two additional locations are scheduled to open in Garden Grove and Bellflower in 2018.

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Howard CDM is a commercial general contractor and developer headquartered in Long Beach, Calif. Howard CDM specializes in the construction, development and management of hospitality, retail and commercial projects in Southern California and nationwide. Howard CDM is the builder, developer and managing partner of SteelCraft.

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