I love the way this looks. My only worry is the rendering shows the glazing as continuous glass, which looks great, but in reality I'm wondering if it will be half spandrel. either way, it's still a decent looking design even if it goes half spandrel.
Yes, CMLC purchased the old Cecil hotel and has temporarily turned it into a parking lot. I am not sure their timeline on selling it to a developer. The construction of Highcliffe and the redevelopment of the YWCA site should help make it more attractive.