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Echo condos construction start likely Spring 2016 (con't)

Construction of the building is expected to begin after 60 per cent of the 17 units have been sold, likely by spring 2016.

The four storey building will be located to the immediate north of the King’s Navy Yard Park’s plaza with its fountain and clock.

The Salmoni Place luxury condos - the town’s first such luxury building - built several years ago, is on the immediate south side of the plaza.

The Echo condos will also feature a row of retail shops facing south along the municipal parking lot and plaza, opening to the park itself.

They’ll be known as The Echo Shoppes.

Steve Blais of Re/Max, who’s handling sales and marketing, said the idea is to appeal to residents, as well as tourists, who typically walk down to the park from Dalhousie Street.

The front entrance for the condos will be set back from Dalhousie Street, and access to underground parking will also be from the street.

The building was designed by Alex Toth, brother of deceased architect Joseph Toth, who designed Salmoni Place.

Four tenders have bene received from local construction firms but Blais said a final decisions has not yet been made.

He said the target market is empty nesters locally and from large cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver, where marketing is being done.

“It’s going to be retirees, primarily people from those markets like Toronto who, you know, they can cash out of Toronto with a fair bit of money out of their homes there, and come to Amherstburg for the quieter life, a little bit safer lifestyle maybe, and they get a lot more for their money,” he said. 

Blais said the actual old Echo building - for decades the home of the now defunct Amherstburg Echo newspaper and which has seen several uses since - will “come down.” 

However, a building in its footprint with a heritage design will be constructed and integrated into the larger condo complex, with a similar look.

“It’s going to be a completely new building,” he said.

So far prices have been released for the first and second floors and floor plans are also available to view on the building’s web site.

Of these the top price is $629,300 for an 1800 sq. ft. riverside corner unit with two bedrooms, two baths, and west facing out to the Detroit River.

“Everybody has a balcony and a waterfront and park view from every unit,” Blais said. “So there isn’t a bad view in the place.”

Eowana Needham (2358191 Ontario Inc.) is the developer of the condo project.

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