SkyLofts MarketSquare | Open Lofts a Perfect Fit

ROYAL OAK, MI – As Brian Sheridan maneuvers his wheelchair around his two-bedroom loft in Royal Oak’s new SkyLofts MarketSquare, he perfectly illustrates the fact that these new lofts are an excellent option for people with special mobility needs.

The loft is all on one floor, and its open floor plan let him space his furniture to accommodate his wheelchair. Because each loft offers customizing options, he was able to install a roll-under sink in the master bath and a separate, piped-in, hand-held faucet in the shower. He credits the developers with their willingness to consider his special needs as a factor in his selection of SkyLofts MarketSquare.

Beyond the interior of his loft, other features at SkyLofts MarketSquare make the building ideal for him, Sheridan said. Having two elevators provides a backup in case one is out of commission. Selection of equipment and its positioning in the exercise room suits his level of mobility. The lobby door buzzer rings to his cell phone, which he can dial to admit a guest. Wiring for phones and cable TV is built in, and Sheridan’s 50-inch plasma TV hangs in the space provided over the fireplace. There is a trash chute on every floor, and “the heated garage also was a deal maker,” Sheridan said.

Royal Oak itself is an integral part of Sheridan’s accessible life. When planning his move to metro Detroit from Bay City, friends suggested several possible cities and neighborhoods.

“The one that caught my attention was the one that had all these people constantly walking up and down every time I went by there, and that was Main Street in Royal Oak,” he said, adding that SkyLofts MarketSquare location was perfect.

“It’s just far enough off Main Street. You’ve got the art, the restaurants, the Farmer’s Market. What you don’t have is the noise, the train and the people going home from the bars at 3 a.m.”

The color scheme in Sheridan’s warmly welcoming loft begins with painted horizontal bands of Tuscan gold that he saw in the SkyLofts MarketSquare model. A staff designer at Macy’s at Northland Center recommended contemporary furniture, including a roomy armchair checkered in burnt orange, two tweedy flat-top ottomans that double as seating and triple as coffee tables and a sofa long enough for overnight guests. A conventional desk accommodates Sheridan’s sporty wheelchair.

Sheridan sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury 13 years ago in a college gymnastics accident. The accident left the tall, athletic 31-year-old partially paralyzed.

The configuration of Sheridan’s loft and his customization selections demonstrates that accessibility doesn’t always demand all the features that make a space fully compliant with the conditions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He did not need a roll-in shower or 36-inch-wide doors. Because he can stand for short periods of time, he also did not order wheelchair-height kitchen cabinets.

Sheridan’s work life revolves around serving people with disabilities. He is a clinical coordinator in research programs and in an outpatient rehabilitation clinic for the Detroit Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. He is a part owner of Fusion Medical, which distributes medical supplies and equipment, much of which serves wheelchair athletes. His Sheridan Rehab Solutions provides private consulting services to health care providers and insurers.

Founded in 1993, Morningside Group is a boutique real estate development firm that specializes in creating premier residential and mixed-use developments on in-fill sites in suburban downtowns. Long recognized as a leader in the design and construction of highly acclaimed buildings, Morningside Group has built an enviable track record of successful public-private partnerships.

Morningside’s incomparable work ensures that each new development will join a growing portfolio of prized buildings which includes, in Michigan, SkyLofts Royal Oak, as well as Liberty Lofts in Ann Arbor and, in Illinois, Arbor Court in Oak Lawn, Crescent Court and Museum Square in downtown Elmhurst, Morningside Square in downtown Downers Grove, The Glen Astor in downtown Glen Ellyn, and buildings in Evanston and Skokie.

Click here to visit the SkyLofts MarketSquare website!

Web Design by