By Kevin Collison
City Club Apartments formally opened in the Crossroads this week and during a visit to the project, the top executive of its Detroit-based development firm touted its attributes, particularly its unique hospitality feature.
Jonathan Holtzman, CEO of City Club, noted the 283-unit development at 20th and Main not only has traditional rental apartments, but 10 percent of its units are reserved for hotel-style, short-term stays from one-day to whenever.
“Everybody who works for us comes from the hospitality industry,” he said, including the 24/7 concierge service and a full-time lifestyle director.
“We can’t be another apartment community,” he said. “You have Kansas Citians and people coming to Kansas City saying I want something different.”
City Club has apartment communities across the country including Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Cleveland. All feature not only long-term rentals, but short-term, furnished apartments similar to a boutique hotel.
“Depending on the price point, they’re generally half the cost of a hotel,” Holtzman said.
Short-term guests can use all the amenities of residents including the rooftop Sky Club and pool; the second level Sky Club with its theater, gourmet kitchen and lounge, and the outdoor Terrace Club with its movie theater, fire pits and Zen Garden.
Other amenities include a fitness center and a business and conference center.
Holtzman believes the short-term options will be particularly attractive to business people with a longer stay in Kansas City or companies that need to host trainees or other employees for short periods.
Apartment accomodations can be reserved on the City Club website.
The City Club development also includes a new DGX convenience store that opened last summer, and a restaurant and wine bar that’s expected to open next year. It will be managed by Chef Howard Hanna of The Rieger.
Residents also can contract for the housekeeping services provided short-term guests and room service meals.
The new development also is certified for its environmental friendliness, cleanliness and wellness.
“We believe we’re the first certified wellness community in the Midwest,” Holtzman said.
The $76.8 million development, which includes a nearly 300 space underground garage, began accepting residents in late August and expects to be fully completed by early next year.
It involved not only the construction of a new seven-story apartment building, but the renovation of the old Midwest Hotel at 1925 Main St.
Apartment rents range from studios starting at $1,190 per month; one bedrooms starting at $1,445; two-bedrooms starting at $2,055, and three-bedrooms starting at $4,016.
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