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New condos coming to downtown Detroit

First residents expected to move in by 2018

Downtown Detroit's first stand alone luxury condominium project in 20 years is set to launch next door to Local 4's newsroom.

The $35 million, 11-story development is scheduled to begin construction next year on the parking lot next door.

The building at 600 W. Lafayette Boulevard is most famously recognized as the former home of local CBS affiliate WWJ TV-62 and Michigan AFSCME Council 25. The Ashton Detroit will include a pool, a fitness center, retail space and enclosed parking.

The existing building 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. "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."

Means is currently leading the effort to restore the famous Metropolitan Building in downtown Detroit.

The Ashton Detroit will house 78 condominiums and five penthouses. The units will have floor-to-ceiling glazing to capture Detroit’s unique urban landscape.

The first three levels of the new 11-story building will house 200 parking spots for both the commercial and residential tenants of Ashton Detroit. The first permanent residents are expected to move in 2018.