Kelly Beach, regional property manager, KMG Prestige, posts contact information for leases on the Lloyd House I building Thursday in Menominee. EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
Kelly Beach, regional property manager, KMG Prestige, posts contact information for leases on the Lloyd House I building Thursday in Menominee. EagleHerald/Rick Gebhard
MENOMINEE - For rent: One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in historic downtown building. Newly renovated, heat included, central air, dishwasher, community spaces, exercise room, heated underground parking and more.

And, in many apartments, a spectacular view of the waterfront.

As exciting as this description may be to renters, it's even more exciting to all those involved in turning the former Lloyd Department Store into the 44-unit Lloyd House Apartments.

KMS Prestige, the Michigan company chosen by the Woda Group to coordinate the apartment leasing arrangements, sent two associates to Menominee Thursday to post the telephone number people can call on the Lloyd Theater marquee on 1st Street.

Kelly Beach, regional property manager for KMG Prestige, and Tammy Shega, Central and Western U.P. property manager, spoke with the EagleHerald during their visit.

"We've already heard from about 20 different applicants and assigned seven of the apartments," Beach said. The initial applicants were forwarded to KMG through the developer, Woda Group.

People interested in apartments in the new complex must go through background and criminal checks. Those people with low-to-moderate income must also submit financial information for verification.

Beach said an office will eventually be staffed at the Lloyd House with a KMG employee, who will handle lease issues. Shega said she will work closely with the person who works in Menominee.

For now, Beach is the go-to person for people interested in learning more about the apartments and their amenities.

The building is slated for an early 2014 opening.

Apartments range in size and price, and Beach said she is willing to work with people "to help make a determination where they would best fit."

One-bedroom apartments range in size from 675-708 square feet; two-bedroom, from 1,050-1,150 square feet; and three-bedroom, from 1,350-1,408 square feet.

There are no restrictions that would limit a single resident or a couple to a one- or two-bedroom apartment, she said.

Beach said she was excited about the design of the new apartments and in finding the people to lease them.

"There are nine different floor plans, the apartments are spacious; the heat is included in the rent and there's heated underground parking," she said. "This is great space."

She said she has heard from local people about their excitement that the building is finally being renovated and used.

"I hear so many people talking about what this building meant to them in the past," Beach said.

The Lloyd Building was built in 1926 by local industrialist Marshall B. Lloyd and was originally known as "The Wonder Store."

It later housed Montgomery Ward, an A&P Grocery Store and the Lloyd Theater. Fish, Net & Twine filled most of the structure in the later part of the 20th century.

The building is being restored on its exterior to its early grandeur, while it is being restructured inside to offer the apartments and retail space.

The Woda Group Inc. has developed the historic renovation in compliance with state and federation historic registration standards.

For more information on the Lloyd House, or to speak with Beach about leasing an apartment, people may call 877-264-0728 or visit http://rentlinx.kmgprestige.com/927-First-Street-Menominee-MI-49858.