Initially launched in 2018, the 8.6-acre master-planned community will transform the former Newtonbrook Plaza on Yonge Street, north of Finch Avenue West, into a vibrant neighbourhood hub with over 1,750 residential units and approximately 180,000 square feet of office and retail space.
The latest phase builds on the developer’s goal of creating a complete mixed-use community and family-friendly destination for both residents and adjacent neighbours. With plans for commercial office space, retail frontage on Yonge Street, a new park, a city-operated community centre and daycare spaces, alongside residential condominium units, Phase 2 represents a significant integration between the new development and the surrounding neighbourhood.
“The vision for M2M has always been a complete community designed to promote a healthy lifestyle,” said Vince Santino, Senior Vice President, Development, Aoyuan International. “For us that means a diversity of uses, more livable spaces and a real connection to the surrounding area.”
“With Phase 2, we’re going to see a lot of our community-focused elements materialize, with the community centre, daycare spaces and the public park all scheduled to be delivered.”
The SPA for Phase 2 reveals the massing for a Wallman Architects-designed, two-tower complex with a shared six-storey podium. Design details haven’t been finalized, but initial renderings show two modern towers with white and glass exterior elements and extensive outdoor space on large balconies and terraces. The narrow facades facing Yonge Street boast an eye-catching pattern created by boxed-out, two-storey balcony sections, complemented by strong horizontal lines and mouldings.
In order to maximize the offering of services and planned programming to existing Yonge-Finch area residents, all community spaces will be organized along the eastern edge of the podium between the two towers. This is also opposite the new one-acre public park, complete with a playground, providing additional kid-friendly spaces to the neighbourhood.
“By organizing the spaces along the eastern edge, we get a stronger connection between the public parts of the building and the new park,” said Rudy Wallman, Principal, Wallman Architects. “Not only does this offer some practicalities, such as making drop-offs and pick-ups easier, but you get a cohesive and dynamic interplay between indoor and outdoor spaces.”
Inside, the community centre will house several breakout and community rooms, along with a double-height gymnasium with basketball courts and a running track. The planned daycare centre will be located on the second floor of the podium.
The residences in Phase 2 will continue to offer a variety of choices for purchasers with available layouts ranging from one to three bedrooms as well as two-storey townhouses.
To learn more about M2M Phase 2, register at m2mcondos.com.