On Friday, October 17, CGC’s Station Project won the Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Land Award in the Non-profit category. There was stiff competition from SOUL - Society for Organic Urban Land Care - for its Municipal Organic Land Care Training and Accreditation Program, and the Kettle Friendship Society’s affordable housing project in Vancouver.
Factors which may have influenced the judging included the emphasis on community healing to rid the area of its negative history, and its financial sustainability, by not relying on public funds. All of the finalists addressed the social and environmental aspects of their individual projects or programs.
Provincial recognition such as this affirms the innovations and partnerships that CGC brought into the project. It also should inspire others to attempt similar projects as a way of re-invigorating their communities.
On June 28, 2013, after months of negotiations and effort, CGC became the proud owner of the Phoenix Station Motor Inn in downtown Duncan (360 Duncan Street), which has been renamed “The Station”. The facility is approximately 20,000 square feet on two levels. We converted the ground floor to a mix of office and ‘green sensitive’ retail businesses.
Through the acquisition of the hotel, CGC’s office and storefront have a permanent home, and the organization has access to its own commercial kitchen from which to operate its food security workshops and events. This kitchen is also available for the community to rent. As a result of this purchase, CGC is in an ideal position to spread the message of food sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Cycle Therapy is the main anchor tenant on the ground floor and opened at this newly expanded space in March 2014. Harmony Yoga will also be opening their new location in The Station in September 2014.
CGC’s intentions in purchasing the hotel include:
CGC Board & Staff, VanCity Credit Union, IPS Island Planning Services, Fraser Campbell (Campbell Commercial Group), Penny Lehan (Coleman, Fraser, Whittome, Lehan Lawyers and Notaries), Doyle Childs (Cunningham & Rivard Ltd. Real Estate Appraisers), Dan Little (Hays Steward Little & Co., accountants), and David Coulson (David Coulson Design).