Ben Gilley made a special, fact-finding trip from the parking level up through the five levels of his very vertical apartment.
“It’s 83 steps to the roof,” he reports. “Makes me appreciate my legs!”
As an erosion control specialist by day — or as he puts it, “someone who makes grass grow” — Gilley makes his home in a place that less than 10 years ago had a reputation for — as Joni Mitchell put it — paving paradise. It used to be a concrete plant and still has a very industrial look about it. Gilley, 32, says aggregate was mixed and ferried up a conveyor belt to what is now his roof. Then it was funneled down through the center of the building and onto trucks, which hauled it off to become the future foundations of buildings all over Conway.
Today, his home is a roughly 2,000-square-foot, high-rise apartment for one in Covington Towers. Gilley’s is one of three unusual homes featured in tomorrow’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette HomeStyle section.