Steadfast Property Holdings has received approval from the Grand Rapids Planning Commission to convert the former banking lobby on McKay Tower’s second floor into a ballroom.
The $800,000 renovation project would create a public banquet space that could be used for business meetings, wedding receptions, holiday parties and other gatherings for up to 250 people.
Steadfast Property Holdings, which owns the 16-story building, also plans to apply for permits to serve liquor in “The Ballroom at McKay Tower,” if city commissioners approve its project on Nov. 27.
“McKay Tower is a centerpiece of downtown Grand Rapids, so it’s only fitting that the building offers a centerpiece space for everyone to enjoy,” said Chaundra Derks, operations director for Steadfast, in a statement.
“We hope that this project is viewed as a welcome addition to the city in that a vacant grand space will be returned to use for the enjoyment of the public,” she added.