A 63-storey shard of glass may soon rise from the figurative ashes of Crocodile Rock.

The site has been slated for redevelopment since 2020, when the infamous bar shut its doors and Freed Developments first submitted a Rezoning application for 224-240 Adelaide Street West.

Nearly three years later, Freed has presented city planners with a revised Site Plan Approval application for the skyscraper, with several notable changes.

Freed Developments and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The revised plans increase the height of the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture-designed building by three storeys, for a total of 63; at its tip, the tower will rise 219 metres into the sky.

The mixed-use building will now house a hotel, with 117 rooms spread across floors three, four, and seven to 12. Amenities, including an outdoor pool, will be sandwiched between the rooms on the fifth and sixth floors.

The addition of the hotel, for which an operator has yet to be revealed, has led to a reduction in the number of residential units from 554 to 376. The condos will be comprised of 126 studios, 52 one-bedroom units, 160 two-bedroom units, and 38 three-bedroom units.

Freed Developments and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

The top two floors of the building — where amenities were located in the initial application — will now be dedicated to commercial uses. Architectural plans show a kitchen on the 63rd floor, and another on the second floor, signalling that the development will include two restaurants.

Overall, the new proposed gross-floor area (GFA) is just over 39,065 sq. m, approximately 30,405 sq. m of which will be dedicated to residential space. The revised plan has increased the non-residential GFA from 1,489 sq. m to approximately 8,660 sq. m.

Renderings offer up a sleek, shimmering tower culminating in a pointed edge. A triangular glazing pattern snakes up the façade of the stainless steel and aluminum tower, capped with an illuminated Freed sign.

Freed Developments and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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