Aoyuan Property Group will transform a dated shopping plaza and parking lot near Yonge and Finch subway into what’s being billed as “North York’s first true live-work-play community.” The Hong-Kong listed developer group is rebuilding the arterial site to become a complete mixed-use community and family-friendly destination for both residents and adjacent neighbours. As Aoyuan’s largest community in Canada to date, the M2M master plan includes five new residential condo towers, 180,000 sq. ft. of office and retail, a daycare, community centre and new public park.
“M2M will become a new destination for North York – a residential community with rich retail and office space, framed by an active new public park on the east,” says Vince Santino, Sr. Vice President – Development (Eastern Canada), Aoyuan Property Holdings (Canada) Ltd. “With Aoyuan’s healthy lifestyle intelligence baked into the master plan, M2M Condos will bring resort-like amenities, and the conveniences typical of a downtown neighbourhood to North Toronto. It will have everything. You really won’t have to go anywhere far if you live at M2M.”
Phase I of the new development will include 810 residential units, 35,000 sq. ft. of retail commercial space facing Yonge Street and 40,000 sq. ft. of office. A daycare and community centre will be integrated into Phase II. A new east-west active laneway will connect the new public park to Yonge Street, facilitating access and programming for the neighbourhood. A network of smaller scaled streets will wind through the M2M community, connecting residents to the new park and playground, and finer-grade retail.
Planned anchor tenants facing Yonge Street include a new corporate headquarters for Aoyuan, with a signature corner façade to mark their growing presence in Toronto. M2M is located 100 meters from Yonge and Finch subway and Go stations, and will provide underground access to the future Yonge and Cummer subway stop.
Showcasing distinctive architecture by Toronto’s Wallman Architects, a series of geometric glass block forms frame the site with playful textures to differentiate different faces of the building. “We are very excited about the way the building is addressing the new park to the east. We had an opportunity to design a very open and engaging façade anchored by townhomes that have direct access to the street,” says Rudy Wallman. “Functionality and views from the suites were another key focus of the design. Balconies face the park while light-filled living spaces take advantage of views of an internal courtyard.”