GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At McKay Tower Residences, the motto is, “What’s your question? The answer is ‘Yes.'”
That’s how operations director Chaundra Derks describes the all-inclusive approach Steadfast Property Holdings is taking with the 15 luxury apartments they have created on the 13th, 14th and 15th floors of downtown’s McKay Tower, 146 Monroe Center NW.
That means the turn-key apartments include furniture, sheets, towels, covered parking and all utilities including cable and wi-fi access. They will even stock the pantry.
“We tell people to bring your clothes and you’re all set,” says Derks, who will host a ribbon cutting next Wednesday, Aug. 12, for seven units they recently completed on the 13th floor.
The apartments range from a 723-square-foot one bedroom unit on the 15th floor for $2,000 a month to a 2,180-square-foot two bedroom unit with two bathrooms for $5,100 a month. Rents are based on the apartment size and the views from the windows, Derks said.
Two apartments on the 13th and 14th floors include balconies overlooking Rosa Parks Circle. Two of the apartments also include gas fireplaces.
Residents access their apartments via key-coded elevators that open up to marble lined hallways. Inside, they will find oiled oak floors, granite topped kitchen islands with Kitchen-Aid appliances, laundry rooms with washers and dryers.
The master suites include king-sized beds, blackout shades, ensuite bathrooms with ceramic tile flooring, walk-in shower and walk-in closets.
Tenants also have access to the 16th floor, where an owner’s lounge offers extra space for socializing and an outdoor deck with gas grilles for entertaining, star-gazing or watching fireworks.
The 16th floor also includes an exercise facility. With an eye towards accommodating visiting executives or medical professionals, Steadfast will lease the apartments on monthly or long-term leases, Derks said.
Steadfast, which bought McKay Tower in 2012, completed its first apartment conversion in 2013. But it’s not the first time someone has lived on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Pearl Street. Pioneer Joel Guild built the first frame house in Grand Rapids on the site in 1833.
The city’s first non-Native American wedding occurred in the home in 1834. The current structure began as a four-story bank building built in the 1914. In 1925, 12 more stories were added, making it the city’s tallest skyscraper. Two more levels were added in the early 1940s, making it the tallest building between Detroit and Chicago.
In 1941, political boss Frank D. McKay bought the tower and maintained a luxurious two-room office suite on the ground floor. He willed the building to the University of Michigan upon his death in 1965.
NOTE: Originally appeared on MLIVE.com.