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Local Planning Appeal Tribunal often works for the common good

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Local Planning Appeal Tribunal often works for the common good

If you follow development and construction in Ontario, you will be familiar with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) and its predecessor, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

LPAT adjudicates disputes about the decisions of municipal councils as they relate to the Planning Act. Opponents of development often label LPAT as biased in favour of developers. These critics erroneously believe that the decisions of local councils should be placed ahead of Ontario policy and legislation.

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What often goes unmentioned are the countless decisions by LPAT that have resulted in new housing developments that benefit those in need. As the provincial government prepares to introduce changes to streamline and expedite the LPAT process, it is a good time to remember some of these decisions.

Thanks to LPAT, Habitat for Humanity was able to build nine affordable housing units at 357 Birchmount Rd. in Scarborough, despite opposition from the local councillor and residents.

Housing for more than 1,700 students will be added to the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph after the resolution of appeals to LPAT.

When the City of Toronto was unable to reach a decision within the prescribed timeframes, LPAT allowed the building of 1,000 purpose-built rental units near transit in the High Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

A housing project for seniors on vacant Toronto District School Board property got the go-ahead from LPAT after the city failed to make a decision. It resulted in a continuum-ofcare facility, a facility funded by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and 49 independent seniors’ apartments.

In Hamilton, LPAT approved a residential care facility for adolescent girls with mental health challenges following the intervention of the Ontario Human Rights Commission over the city’s bylaw objections.

These are some of the numerous decisions that have been made by LPAT, and the OMB, that have resulted in development that would not have occurred in their absence. These decisions, by LPAT and the OMB, have benefited seniors, students, people with disabilities, and those needing rental housing in a city with a housing shortage.

When a group feels a municipal development decision runs counter to provincial policy or legislation, the case can be brought to LPAT, which derives its authority from provincial legislation.

Through Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, the province reinforces the notion that an effective and efficient tribunal is a necessity to ensure that planning conforms to provincial policy and regulations and that the planning process is free of political interference.

Recently the provincial government announced changes to LPAT to enhance the effectiveness and speed by which the body adjudicates disputes. These positive changes will increase LPAT resources, streamline the appeals and ensure that decisions are made on the latest and best possible information.

Undoubtedly, these are positive steps to increase supply of housing and affordability for Ontarians.

Dave Wilkes is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

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M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

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M2M’s T1 Tower Suites: Right-size your home and upsize your lifestyle

Get a glimpse into a vibrant lifestyle currently being offered by Aoyuan International at Yonge and Finch. Now open, is the three-bedroom model suite at M2M. This insider’s perspective offers a first-hand appreciation for this 8.6-acre masterplanned community, situated close to the Yonge/Finch subway station.

All roads lead to M2M

M2M recently received the 2019 People’s Choice Award from BILD – GTA. With 1,680 new residences, it has been earmarked as an exceptional new development. On-site amenities include a community centre, a day care and a new public park, as well as 180,000 square feet of retail and office space. Just steps from the main subway artery and transit hub, other travel options whisk you away to the downtown core or suburban destinations. In additon, direct access to Highway 401 is situated just south of M2M.

Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.
Floor-to-ceiling curtain wall windows on the corner suite.

A model suite

Within the M2M Presentation Centre, a fully furnished three-bedroom suite is now open for viewing. Featuring a 1,101-square-foot corner unit, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a 220-square-foot balcony, this model showcases an incredible living space.

At M2M there’s no need to compromise on space, style or comfort. If downsizing, this is the ideal first step. Exceptional quality is evident with clean lines, walnut flooring and gold accent detailing. An overall asthetic appeal is reflected in all the fine finishes.

Double-height yoga studio.
Double-height yoga studio.

Attention to detail

As you enter the model suite, you’ll notice that the inviting foyer includes much-needed storage space. In the heart of the home, the kitchen features Caesarstone on the countertops and on the island, with sleek waterfall edges on both ends. A space-saving convenience includes additional counter space that pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed. The counter is complemented by a beautifully tiled, white marble backsplash in a Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen also includes integrated appliances, a Kohler sink, shaker-style woodgrain cabinetry and under-cabinet lighting – all of these upgrades are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites.

The open-concept dining area is connected to the kitchen and to the living room, and features sculptural lighting to offset your furniture. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of this suite to promote privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry, a storage closet and natural light is optimized throughout.

Aoyuan offers a wide variety of layout options for those who appreciate expansive spaces, with the option to remove bedrooms, and open up floorplans, where possible. Other floorplans include one- and two-bedroom layouts with dens, as well as double-master suites. The flexible designs can accommodate a variety of family requirements or multi-generational living.

The extended community

Beyond the doors of each suite, an active lifestyle awaits. Residents can choose to relax, socialize or take advantage of various fitness opportunities, including a double-height yoga studio, a sauna and change rooms. Also within the development are beautifully landscaped areas with exclusive outdoor spaces that are accessible to residents on the third and ninth floors. In addition, there’s an infinity pool, a barbecue area and an outdoor dining room – plus plenty of space to unwind.

For those who love to entertain, there is a party room, a theatre room and lounge areas that are perfect for get-togethers with friends and family. From initimate dinner parties to celebratory events with an extensive guest list, the on-site dining room offers a full chef’s kitchen.

M2M places residents in the centre of this amenity-rich area of North York, close to transit, schools, parks and other community destinations. The M2M sales team is made up of knowledgeable professionals, who understand the local market, and are on hand to assist with this all-important decision.

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The model suite and sales office are now open at 5851 Yonge Street.

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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

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Aoyuan International’s M2M Condos master-planned community wins BILD People’s Choice Award

While far from its first real estate development on a global scale, M2M is Aoyuan International‘s initial project in Toronto, as well as its most ambitious to date. Planning for the multi-faceted community project first started in 2017, when Aoyuan International acquired the Newtonbrook Plaza and began to lay out plans for its largest residential complex in Canada.

When completed, the 8.6-acre master-planned community at Yonge and Finch in North York will be a fully integrated neighbourhood designed for living, working, and playing. Featuring five towers and two podiums, M2M’s all-encompassing community will be home to a total of 1,650 residential units, as well as hundreds of thousands of square feet of office and retail space, a community centre, children’s daycare, and even its own greenspace for a future park.

The Aoyuan International team is thrilled to have received the BILD People’s Choice Award at the 39th annual BILD Awards on May 3, where the award was presented by the Building Industry and Land Development Association.

The BILD Awards are an annual event held to highlight new real estate projects that standout taking place in the greater Toronto area and to celebrate “excellence in the GTA’s land development and new home industry,” With awards that recognize distinction in everything from marketing and sales to project design, BILD aims to recognize the myriad hard-working people behind the hundreds of new communities that appear on the market every year.

Aoyuan International shares the People’s Choice Award with key strategic partners who are equally responsible for M2M’s success, including Wallman Architects, U/31, Ferris + Associates Inc., Baker Real Estate Inc. and KG&A.

In a lengthy selection process, most winners of the BILD Awards are chosen by a jury of industry experts. However, for the People’s Choice Award, the power of selection is put into the hands of the general public, which makes the award one of the most coveted in the BILD Awards. This prize is considered massively important within the industry, as it represents the voice of the GTA people who will ultimately occupy the award-winning dwellings.

Initially shortlisted alongside seven other finalists, Aoyuan International’s master-planned community ended up snagging the award. The project was also nominated for the Best Suite Design award, thanks to M2M’s expansive square footage, smart home features, and thoughtful details, such as laminate wood flooring, Kohler fixtures, integrated appliances, and under-cabinet lighting.

Aoyuan International believes in and is committed to “building a healthy lifestyle” for its residents, and is thrilled that the M2M site has received its official approval from the city. With the BILD People’s Choice win drawing even more attention to the project, all eyes will definitely be on this exciting new community as the Newtonbrook Plaza is transformed over the coming years. The TTC Yonge subway expansion, which will soon bring downtown public transit access to M2M’s door, will make the master-planned community an even more attractive place to call home for daily commuters between the 416 and 905 area codes.

With such a positive start in the Toronto market, there’s no telling what successes await Aoyuan International and M2M, but the outlook so far is incredibly optimistic, and the team is excited to build out its master-planned community with its many amenities — from a yoga studio, infinity pool, and co-working space to a marketplace and park for families in the neighbourhood. It’s this very blend of modern development, design, marketing, and communications that Aoyuan International believes led to M2M’s victory at this year’s BILD award.

Aoyuan International encourages a healthy urban lifestyle. To learn more about the project, visit the M2M Presentation Centre and model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St.. The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends. For further information or an appointment, call 416.901.2720 or visit the website.


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M2M by Aoyuan International showcases new options for families living in condos

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M2M by Aoyuan International showcases new options for families living in condos

M2M by Aoyuan International, is an 8.6-acre master-planned community near Yonge and Finch subway designed to encourage a healthy urban lifestyle. When M2M is complete, it will be a fully-integrated live-work-play neighbourhood with 1,650 new residences, a community centre, a daycare, 180,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space, and a new public park. Aoyuan’s master plan and intelligently designed interior suite layouts provide a variety of living options for families in different stages of life.

Aoyuan has built a fully furnished three-bedroom model inside the M2M Presentation Centre. Showcasing a 1,101 sq. ft. corner unit with floor-to-ceiling windows with a 220 sq. ft. outdoor space, the model illustrates how M2M condo living doesn’t compromise on comfort and privacy typically found in single-family homes.

Model suite visitors will appreciate the walnut wood flooring, clean lines and gold accent detailing – finishes that reference the overall aesthetic of the development. Arriving at the suite, a spacious foyer sets a welcoming, family friendly tone. There is room for extra storage and benches to keep the assortment of hats, gloves, backpacks and after-school sports equipment under control, plus gallery walls for family photos.

The heart of the home, the kitchen features a thick Caesarstone countertop and island with waterfall edge on both ends, complemented by a beautiful white marble tile backsplash in Moroccan arabesque pattern. The kitchen includes integrated appliances, Kohler sink fixtures, and under-cabinet lighting, features that are standard in all of M2M’s T1 tower suites as per plans. Additional counter space pulls out from between the microwave and the dishwasher when needed – a smart, space-saving convenience.

The open-concept dining area features sculptural lighting set above a sleek wood table connecting the kitchen to the main living room. Bedrooms, thoughtfully located on opposite ends of this suite, maximize privacy and tranquility. This three-bedroom layout also includes two bathrooms, a walk-in laundry with a 27-inch efficient washer and dryer and storage closet, and optimizes access to natural light throughout.

A first for the condominium market in Toronto, Aoyuan is including electrochromic glass which comes standard with interior bedroom-suites, to provide a choice between clear glass and frosted privacy glass controlled by a wall switch. Marketed as M2M Switchable Smart Glass, visitors can experience this innovative feature at the touch of a switch.

Visit the Presentation Centre and Model Suite, located at 5851 Yonge St..The Presentation Centre is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. For further information or an appointment call (416.901.2720) or visit the website.


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M2M by Aoyuan International focuses on healthy living in Toronto

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M2M by Aoyuan International focuses on healthy living in Toronto

When translated, Aoyuan, means “Olympic garden.” Founded in 1996, Aoyuan International‘s trademark philosophy is building healthy lifestyles. As an international developer, with projects in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Vancouver and Toronto, the company’s mission is to integrate residential real estate, with sports and recreational amenities. To date, M2M is the largest master-planned community by this developer in Canada.

M2M is not only a two-minute walk from the Yonge-Finch subway, but it will have underground access to the future Yonge and Cummer subway stop. Replacing an outdated plaza, this infill community will encompass the full 8.6 acres, and will include 1,650 residences, a daycare, a community centre, and more than 180,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space.

Well-equipped work space.
Well-equipped work space.

Weaving an urban fabric

Recognizing the need for larger, family friendly suites, Aoyuan wanted to create a condo community that appealed to a wide range of buyers. Not only will residents have the use of the 30,000-sq.-ft. community centre, but exclusive outdoor areas will be designated as quiet, or active, zones. These zones will be positioned over a two-level internal courtyard – ideal for reading, mediating or yoga. In addition to the two-storey fitness centre, the rooftop pool will offer spectacular city views. The project also includes a well-equipped work space with a boardroom for private meetings and presentations for those who prefer to work from home.

M2M block party
M2M block party

A public park and a public right-of-way will connect residents and adjacent neighbours with an east-west pedestrian laneway off of Yonge Street, which, in turn, will be connected to a network of smaller scaled streets that wind throughout the M2M community.

Steps from the subway line and 24-hour transit, this Yonge Street location is truly a transportation hub, making it easy for those who have offsite destinations, including work, school and entertainment, as well as all that the city has to offer. Within this all-encompassing environment, M2M residents have access to onsite services, retail and recreational amenities.

Retail space and pedestrian laneways.
Retail space and pedestrian laneways.

Planning and design

Toronto’s Wallman Architects had their work cut out for them, as it was Aoyuan’s mission to integrate M2M with the surrounding community, while giving it a distinctive presence. An eight-storey residential podium will include much-needed shops and services on the western side of Yonge Street. A lower podium, with integrated townhomes, will directly face a park for a more intimate streetscape. Here, townhomes will include front patios and gardens that are in tune with the landscaped park.

Gym and yoga studios
Gym and yoga studios

On the exterior facade, ceramic materials will be embedded in glass for a translucent, textured appearance. The visually appealing technique, not only helps to maintain privacy, while still allowing for natural light, but it also strategically camouflages those levels that require mechanical equipment.

Gym and yoga studios
Gym and yoga studios

Working closely with one of Toronto’s top interior architecture and design studios, U31, Aoyuan was adamant about integrating natural elements into modern living spaces. The healthy community concept ensures that maximum natural light is complemented with organic forms and materials for a serene, Zen-style environment.

It takes a village

With more than 300 major residential and commercial properties in China, Australia and Canada, it’s important to the major players that Aoyuan communicates their healthy living and intelligent lifestyle values to the community at large. Part of this includes their direct involvement with local initiatives and sports teams, as well as engaging the public in real-time activities.

Indoor/outdoor children's play area.
Indoor/outdoor children’s play area.

More than 600 people came out to the M2M Block Party that was held in a 9,000-sq.-ft. parking lot. Aoyan transformed the lot into a pop-up park and playground, with real grass, cedar trees and a variety of lawn games. Complimentary yoga, Tai Chi and stretch classes were also offered. And like their target market, young families and seniors were able to embrace the healthy living concept.

The model suite and sales office are now open at 5851 Yonge St.

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Aoyuan launches T1 – the highly anticipated south tower at M2M Condos

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Aoyuan launches T1 – the highly anticipated south tower at M2M Condos

Aoyuan‘s transformation of Yonge and Finch into a complete live-work-play community is currently underway. The demolition of the former Newtonbrook shopping plaza began in December 2018. The 8.6-acre arterial site will become home to M2M, a fully integrated community that will add five residential towers, 180,000 sq. ft. of new office and retail space, a daycare centre, community centre and new public park to the neighbourhood.

“M2M will become a new destination for Yonge and Finch – a vibrant residential community, with rich retail and office and interconnected greenspaces to support a healthy urban lifestyle,” says Vince Santino, senior vice-president, development (Eastern Canada), Aoyuan Property Holdings (Canada) Ltd.

Following the sold-out success of M2M’s north tower, Aoyuan is bringing the south tower to the market this spring. Located on the southern edge of the new community, steps from Yonge and Finch subway and GO Stations, T1 at M2M will have 36 floors, two penthouse levels.

Last year Aoyuan celebrated the launch of The M2M Community with a neighbourhood Block Party, inviting local residents to partake in a day full of health and wellness activities.
Last year Aoyuan celebrated the launch of The M2M Community with a neighbourhood Block Party, inviting local residents to partake in a day full of health and wellness activities.

The M2M Community is designed with Aoyuan’s healthy lifestyle intelligence baked into the master plan. Purchasers will benefit from a variety of fitness and wellness amenities as well as thoughtfully-designed greenspaces. Third floor condo amenities include a theatre, children’s play area and a double height yoga and fitness studio facing an internal courtyard. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, and waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure and a co-working lounge with large format printer and scanner.

“Aoyuan’s approach to creating healthy communities was central to the design, strongly influencing our use of natural materials and form and ensuring maximum access to natural light throughout the building,” says Kelly Cray, principal of U31 Design.

Inside the suites, kitchens are designed for high utility and include fully integrated appliances with upgraded Kohler plumbing fixtures as the standard offering. Carefully thought-out layouts maximize efficiency, with storage needs provided by walk-in closets in select units. Multiple finish options suit diverse personalities and tastes.

Showcasing distinctive architecture by Toronto’s Wallman Architects, a series of geometric glass 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,” said 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.”

Suites in T1 at M2M range from 427 to 1,400 sq. ft. Visit the newly completed presentation centre including model suite, located at 5851 Yonge St. The presentation centre is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from noon to 6 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays. To register call or visit the website.

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Aoyuan introduces M2M Condos to community with neighbourhood block party

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Aoyuan introduces M2M Condos to community with neighbourhood block party

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Aoyuan Property Group recently introduced its M2M Condos in North York to the community with a pop-up park and block party.

Newtonbrook Plaza in the Yonge and Finch area was transformed with 9,000 sq. ft. of real grass, cedar trees and lawn games, including life-sized Jenga, chess and Connect 4.

About 600 people from the neighbourhood and around the city came to check out the lush green pop-up park and engaged in various activities, including complimentary yoga, tai chi and Essentrics stretch classes. The party also featured a healthy gourmet barbecue and a variety of interactive entertainment.

M2M 2

Aoyuan, an international real estate developer known for integrating health and wellness amenities within its master-planned communities, is laying roots in Toronto. The company will transform the dated shopping plaza and parking lot near Yonge and Finch subway and GO station into M2M Condos, North York’s first true live-work-play community.

Plans for the 8.6-acre site include five residential condo towers, 180,000 sq. ft. of office and retail space, a daycare, community centre and a new public park. A new active laneway will connect the new public park to Yonge Street, facilitating access 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.

M2M 3

The pop-up park installation and free community was intended to provide the neighbourhood a preview of Aoyuan’s plans for the newmixed-use village that will soon begin to take shape.

“Newtonbrook is set to become new destination for North York,” says Vince Santino, senior vice-president of development of Aoyuan. “It will have all the conveniences typical of a downtown neighbourhood.You really won’t have to go anywhere far if you live here. We are excited to be celebrating these changes with the Yonge and Finch community while introducing them to Aoyuan’s focus on healthy living.”

As part of Aoyuan’s emphasis on putting healthy living first, there will also be a large fitness and wellness component to M2M’s amenities. Interconnected greenspaces connect a wide range of suites from one-bedrooms to larger townhome units. Third floor condo amenities include a theatre and children’s play area, along with a double height yoga lounge and fitness studio that faces an internal courtyard. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room and waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure.

Following the sold-out success of the initial launch in June, Aoyuan is now releasing brand new suites at M2M.Located on the upper floors of M2M’s first tower, the new layouts will have breathtaking views of nearby residential greenspace, a new park to the East and urban landscapes that stretch down Yonge Street.

For more information or to register, visit m2mcondos.com

 

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Aoyuan caps off Phase 1 of Yonge-Finch development with new release of tower suites

Following the sold-out success of their initial launch in June, Aoyuan is now releasing brand new suites at M2M this fall. Located on the upper floors of M2M’s first tower, the new layouts will have breathtaking views of nearby residential greenspace, a new park to the East and urban landscapes that stretch down Yonge Street.

This tower will be the first of a new master-planned neighbourhood that will transform a dated shopping plaza and parking lot near Yonge and Finch subway into North York’s first true live-work-play community. Located 100 metres from Yonge and Finch subway and GO stations, the master plan includes five new residential condo towers, 180,000 square feet of office and retail, a daycare, community centre and new public park.

As part of Aoyuan’s emphasis on putting healthy living first, third floor condo amenities include a theatre and children’s play area along with a double height yoga lounge and fitness studio that faces an internal courtyard. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, and waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure. Interconnected green spaces connect a wide range of suites from one-bedrooms to larger townhome units.

“We are very excited about the way the building is addressing the new park to the east,” says M2M’s architect 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.”

Integrating natural elements with modern living, interior spaces have been thoughtfully designed by one of Toronto’s top interior design firms, Union 31. A grand two-storey residential lobby welcomes residents with natural materials infused with a blend of metallics and warm surfaces to create a serene Zen environment. Lobby features include oversized planters reflecting the natural outdoor landscape, a back-lit onyx reception desk, natural stone walls, warm wood ceilings and glamorous accents akin to a lush international hotel-style lobby.

“Aoyuan’s approach to creating healthy communities was central to the design, strongly influencing our use of natural materials and forms, and ensuring maximum access to natural light throughout the building,” says Kelly Cray, principal of U31 Design.

Inside the suites, custom kitchens were designed with highutility in mind and includes fully integrated appliances. Carefully thought-out kitchens maximize efficiency, with storage needs provided by walk-in closets in select units. Multiple finish options suit diverse personalities and tastes.

New suite releases at M2M Condos Phase One range from 385 to 1,255 square feet. Visit the Sales Centre, located at 5851 Yonge Street. For further information call or email.

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COVER STORY: M2M Condos

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Aoyuan International unveils official plans for 8.6-acre Master Plan to Transform Shopping Plaza Site into North York’s First Complete Live-Work-Play Community

Bringing their broad lifestyle intelligence about real estate and the built environment to Toronto, Aoyuan International will transform a dated shopping plaza and parking lot near Yonge and Finch subway into 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, M2M‘s master plan includes five new residential condo towers, 180,000 square feet 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, senior 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 square feet of retail commercial space facing Yonge Street and 40,000 square feet 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 approximately 150 metres from Yonge and Finch subway and GO stations, and will provide underground access to the future Yonge and Cummer subway stop.

As part of Aoyuan’s emphasis on putting healthy living first, there is a large fitness and wellness component to M2M’s amenities. Interconnected green spaces connect a wide range of suites from one-bedrooms to larger townhome units. Third floor condo amenities include a theatre and children’s play area along with a double height yoga lounge and fitness studio that faces an internal courtyard. The ninth floor features a barbecue, party room, and waterfall infinity pool with prime western exposure.

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.”

Integrating natural elements with modern living, interior spaces have been thoughtfully designed by one of Toronto’s top interior firms, Union 31. A grand two-storey residential lobby welcomes residents with natural materials infused with a blend of metallics and warm surfaces to create a serene Zen environment. Lobby features include oversized planters reflecting the natural outdoor landscape, a back-lit onyx reception desk, natural stone walls, warm wood ceilings and glamorous accents akin to a lush international hotel-style lobby.

Inside the suites, custom kitchens were designed with high-utility in mind and includes fully integrated appliances. Carefully thoughtout kitchens maximize efficiency, with storage needs provided by walk-in closets in select units. Multiple finish options suit diverse personalities and tastes.

“Aoyuan’s approach to creating healthy communities was central to the design, strongly influencing our use of natural materials and forms, and ensuring maximum access to natural light throughout the building,” says Kelly Cray, principal of U31 Design.

Suites in M2M Condos Phase One range from 500 to 1,400 square feet, priced from the $389,900s. To register visit the website.

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Aoyuan Property Group to develop its largest project in Canada

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Plans to redevelop Newtonbrook Plaza site backed by a robust portfolio of residential developments in China, Australia and Vancouver.

Aoyuan Property Group, a pioneer of mixed-use community developments in China, is now bringing their broad lifestyle intelligence to Toronto with the redevelopment of the 8.6-acre Newtonbrook Plaza site at Yonge Street and Finch Avenue.

Aoyuan’s acquisition of Newtonbrook Plaza was one of the largest real estate deals in Toronto in 2017.

Founded in 1996, Aoyuan was the first developer in China to integrate residential real estate with sport and recreation amenities. Their first sports-themed development, named Olympic Garden, was based on the idea that exercise and a healthy lifestyle started at home. The concept was celebrated by the International Olympics Committee, ushering in a new standard for residential communities in China.

Two decades later, the Hong Kong-based company has demonstrated their ongoing commitment to building healthy lifestyle communities with a current land bank of over 200 million square feet and 100 major residential and commercial properties in over 30 cities across China, Australia and Canada.

Aoyuan’s philosophy of healthy living has also expanded to the creation of six different business arms ranging from e-commerce to hospitality. Innovative projects include a mobile app that integrates e-commerce with property management, and a large-scale — and every kid’s dream — chocolate theme park.

“Aoyuan’s entry into Toronto is very exciting news for the development community, says Vince Santino, senior vice president, development (Eastern Canada), Aoyuan Property Holdings (Canada) Ltd. “Aoyuan brings a unique approach to the way we think about the built environment and real estate. Building healthy lifestyle communities was part of their DNA from the beginning,”

“Aoyuan knows real estate is not only about giving people a two- or three-bedroom unit. They have a corporate intelligence about the way people live, which gets baked into their master plans,” says Santino, who has 25 years of experience in Toronto’s real estate development industry.

The 8.6-acre Newtonbrook Plaza site at Yonge and Finch will be Aoyuan’s largest master-planned community in Canada. Plans include five residential towers, 180,000 square feet of office and retail space, as well as a daycare and community centre. The new community will be 100 metres from the Yonge and Finch TTC subway station and the Finch GO Transit station. A portion of the lands that is currently a parking lot will be transformed into a new park and playground. Aoyuan has also embraced the city’s desire to encourage larger suites for families of all shapes and sizes.

“The magnitude of what Aoyuan has accomplished is incredibly diverse and this gives them a very broad perspective,” says Josie Arcella, senior sales and marketing manager (Eastern Canada. “Aoyuan takes into consideration exactly how purchasers will be affected by every decision they make. Aoyuan’s designs are not based solely on global trends, but on the functionality of the entire community and what buyers really need.”

Fundamental to Aoyuan’s international success is their hyper-local on-the-ground approach. In every city, Aoyuan handpicks local talent who understand the development landscape and nuances of the local market. As a result, Aoyuan’s international portfolio is diverse and their projects are very successful with local purchasers.

“Aoyuan’s diverse business arms allowed them to develop a deep understanding of people’s lifestyles and behaviours and build a strong service-oriented approach to real estate development,” says Fan Yang, deputy general manager (Eastern Canada). “I am excited to be part of the local team that is bringing Aoyuan’s expertise to Toronto. The Newtonbrook Plaza site has all the right ingredients, and Aoyuan has what it takes to help make Toronto more liveable for families.”

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