Roughly one month since a tower crane was first installed for a new mixed-use community north of Toronto's North York City Centre area, Aoyuan International's M2M Condos has repeated the milestone with the installation of a second tower crane on the former Newtonbrook Plaza site at Yonge and Cummer north of Finch subway station. The ongoing construction is for the first phase of the Wallman Architects-designed community, where two of the eventual five towers will rise at the south end of the site.

Two cranes at site of M2M Condos, image by Edward Skira

The first crane was installed in late June, with the second crane following to the north a month later at the end of July. This latest milestone is one of many achieved since work began last Fall, with the clearing of the former retail plaza and grocery plaza. Construction activity now moves along 13.3 metres below the where the former plaza and its parking lot once stood, as forming continues for the foundations and P4 parking level of the first phase's garage.

Looking east across site of M2M Condos to second crane, image by Edward Skira

Some walls, supporting columns, and the first signs of elevator shafts are now in place for the P4 level along the site's south and east edges, while a foundation wall is forming an impermeable concrete layer at the foot of the pit's pile and lagging shoring walls. Three more underground floors will follow before the next major milestone when the project reaches grade along Yonge Street.

Looking southeast across site of M2M Condos, image by Edward Skira

Once above grade, the first phase's pair of mixed-use towers will rise 34 and 36 storeys, with a combined 810 condominium units built atop a podium containing commercial office and retail space. Three more buildings will follow to the north, where excavation activity continues at a slower pace.

Looking southeast to phase 1 of M2M Condos, image courtesy of Aoyuan International

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