Didn't see another thread started yet, so here goes... Just returned from the second of Adam Vaughan's two "pre-application development proposal presentations" this week. On tonight's roster were this site, the Joker site, 21-31 Widmer, and 60 John / 12+18 Mercer. The site has been conditionaly-acquired by a trio of developers led by Urban Capital Group (Camden Lofts, Charlotte Lofts and Boutique) and including Malibu Investments (18 Yonge, Malibu Tower at Bathurst/Lakeshore and Gramercy Park in Downsview) and Alit(?). For this site, they commissioned Core Architects to render a 28-storey east-west, slab-like (in the non-perjorative sense) building consisting of a full-lot 8-storey podium with 20-storey, multi-faceted tower. The tower shaft is divided into approximately 8-layers in 4 "bands": "Band 1" coinsists of 4 layers of alternating floorplates of 3 or four stories glad in glass (think of stacked cross-sections of folding screens). "Band 2" is a 2-sorey layer of columns with glass panels set back from the face about 8(?) feet. "Band 3" is a 6-8 storey repeat of the first band, with only two alternating layers of panels. "Band 5" is the bulding's hat, which is of the peaked beret form. I've requested renders. In the meantime, the architect made reference to a building in Europe that served as inspiration that I'll try to find. The developer announced (by way of softening the crowd prior to revealing the building's design and height) that it had bought out the leases of the three existing club tenants at great expense (some of which, he claimed, had terms up to 15 years including renewal rights). Tonic will be closed "immediately" and the other two clubs will stay until demolition. During the discussion phase of the presentation, many people offered their thanks to the club-killers. On more than one occasion, people who spoke out against the size or design of the proposed building were reminded by the subsequent commenter of what the building would replace. The building is situated along an angular part of Richmond as it jogs south just before intersecting with Peter. The building retains that general angle in its northern face and so it is off-kilter to the "natural" Toronto grid axes. The "diagonal" effect is noticeable at all elevations, but the effect is lessened above the podium by the off-kilter poses of the bands on the tower's shaft.