Flatiron Junction Story

For many years I ran a floorcovering business on Bowen. In the early 2000s I wanted to expand to installing unfinished hardwood floors. To make it viable I needed a warehouse, shop and showroom larger than anything available on the island. From that need grew my idea to build a series of strata units for businesses such as mine.

A small group of us worked to find a suitable location and formulate a business case. The upshot was called Flat Iron Junction. The name was originally coined because of the lot’s flat iron shape.

The Arts Council was particularly supportive. The Cultural Master Plan of the day stressed the need for a place for local craftspeople to ply their trades. At the time, the property was owned by the Greater Vancouver Regional District. When I contacted them, I was told the land was being offered to Bowen Island Municipality and, once the transfer took place, I should contact the Municipality. That was 14 years ago. Since that time there has been a growing awareness in the community that such an area would be desirable.

In 2010, our Official Community Plan was updated and contained language encouraging local stakeholders to propose an area for light industrial uses. It noted the desirability of having businesses providing these services in a single location instead of scattered across the island.

In 2013, Municipal Council commissioned a report entitled Community Lands Strategy. It concluded with the recommendation that “(staff) work with the Economic Development Advisory Committee to further explore options to use Parcel (lot) 1 for commercial/light industrial uses" - a form of “function junction” for Bowen Island. The Flat Iron Junction brochure was part of the Community Lands Strategy report.

Last Updated on 2018-04-16 at 1:03 PM