From “Muni Morsels” Bowen Island Undercurrent, July 25, 2019
Fourteen years after purchasing 40 acres of land from Metro Vancouver, the municipality has (nearly) made its first sale of some of its Community Lands.
In a closed meeting Monday evening, council accepted an offer from the Bowen Island Health Centre Foundation to buy 0.15 hectares of Lot 3. The offer is subject to compliance with the notice requirements in the Community Charter. (The Muni needs to let the public know.)
The property borders Miller Road, the fire hall site, and the proposed Bowen Island Resilient Community Housing (BIRCH) site, but the land has not yet been subdivided along those lines. The sale won’t close until after that happens (likely a few months or more yet).
Members of the Foundation presented Mayor Gary Ander and councillors with a cheque for $5,000 (a down payment) after Monday’s meeting, though the full sale amount hasn’t been made public. The money to buy the land came from a private donor.
“We’re absolutely thrilled because now we can proceed with fundraising,” said Foundation president Tim Rhodes.
Rhodes said that fundraising for the health centre will begin in earnest late August. The Foundation wants to raise $5 million to build the centre mortgage-free.
For the moment the Foundation is just looking for pledges, of which it already has $1.2 million. Rhodes said that the Foundation is confident in its ability to raise the rest of the money.
“We’ve had tremendous reception from the public,” said Rhodes.
Rhodes also said that now that there’s land, the Foundation can start recruiting and advertising for doctors.
He also said that there’s enough room on the site to allow for expansion well into the future.