More Luxury Living, This Time In The Form Of Condos, Coming To Downtown

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The parking lot that will become Ashton Detroit. Daily Detroit photo.

The first standalone condominium project in 20 years in Downtown Detroit is laying plans for construction. The $35 million, 11-story residence will be built next year on the parking lot next to the studios of WDIV-TV Channel 4.

The Ashton Detroit, as the new building will be called, will have the latest in luxury living with high-end finishes, a pool, a fitness center, retail space, and enclosed parking. The existing building at 600 W. Lafayette will be upgraded to Class A office space.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring more living space to downtown Detroit,” said Eric Means, lead developer for the project in a statement. “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.”

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Ashton Detroit will house 78 condos and five penthouses. The units will have floor-to-ceiling glazing to capture Detroit’s unique urban landscape. The first three levels of the building will house 200 parking spots for commercial and residential use.

The partnership responsible for Ashton Detroit is 600 Ventures Development Group. Partners in the group include The Means Group, led by Eric Means; The Resendes Design Group, led by Francis Resendes; and the Holdwick Development Group, led by Brian Holdwick.

They expect their first permanent residents in 2018.