Bowen Island Municipality has obtained a building permit for the Community Centre, bringing the project one step closer to its realization. Having a building permit strengthens the application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program by demonstrating that the project is “shovel ready”.
Access to grant funding is a key component of the estimated capital budget of $14.5 million, and could pay up to 73% of the eligible costs of building the Community Centre.
The grant application must also demonstrate community support, such as donations, pledges and letters of support.
With a building permit in hand, fulfilling the capital budget remains the last requirement before building can begin. If the grant funding is confirmed (anticipated summer 2019), a tendering process would take place in the fall of 2019, followed by site preparation and construction. The Community Centre grand opening celebration could happen as early as fall 2021.
Come together, Bowen Island! Bowen Island needs a place for residents of all ages to gather, access facilities and amenities, create health and wellness benefits, and enhance the experience of living on the island. For decades, Islanders have envisioned a place where community can better flourish, and lives are enriched in multiple and profound ways. Now, we are within reach of realizing that vision.