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The Ashton Detroit, an 11-story downtown luxury condo development, planned for 2018

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Downtown will get even more residential with even more new construction. The Ashton Detroit, the first stand alone downtown condo project in decades, will bring luxury condos to the west side of downtown.

The $35 million, 11-story development is slated to begin construction in 2017 next to Local NBC television affiliate WDIV Channel 4. Ashton Detroit will be built on the adjacent parking lot. The building located at 600 W. Lafayette is most recognized as the former home of local CBS affiliate WWJ TV-62 and Michigan AFSCME Council 25.

The Ashton Detroit will have high end finishes, a pool, a fitness center, retail space, and enclosed parking. The existing building will be upgraded to Class A office space.

The partnership developing Ashton Detroit is called 600 Ventures Development Group. The group is led by Eric Means of The Means Group. The other two partners are The Resendes Design Group, led by Francis Resendes and the Holdwick Development Group, led by Brian Holdwick.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring more living space to downtown Detroit," said Eric Means. "This historic project will build upon the legacy of the former home of WWJ and Michigan AFSCME Council 25 by retaining the historic architecture. Our goal is to create exciting living spaces adjacent to the existing structure that will offer spectacular views of downtown, the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit River."

The Ashton Detroit will have 78 condominiums and five penthouses. The units will have floor-to-ceiling glazing to capture Detroit’s unique urban landscape. The first three levels will have 200 parking spots for both the commercial and residential tenants. The first permanent residents are expected to move in 2018.