Blue Cabin Relocation
“Our volunteer project manager has advanced us from the dark ages of financial reporting to the current day. Now the organization is at the professional level that it needs to be. We are very grateful for Stig and volunteers like Stig. We couldn’t even hire for this job, because we first needed to understand what needed to be done, and Stig helped us doing just that. Volunteer help like Stig’s is priceless and the ripple effect is endless.”
It was a pleasure to help. I had been looking for some time for an appropriate way to be of service.
Saving the Foreshore Cabin
GRUNT is an artist-run centre founded in 1984 in Vancouver, BC. Glenn Alteen, artist and Program Director of the grunt, is acting on behalf of Al Neil and Carole Itter, well known senior artists and long-time residents of the last remaining foreshore dwelling on the Burrard Inlet, to assist in saving the little blue cabin from demolition, and to find it a permanent home and use. Joining forces with Barbara Cole, artist, curator and Executive Director of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, a non-profit arts organization that presents temporary art projects in public spaces, and Esther Rausenberg, artist and Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl and Co Artistic Director of Creative Cultural Collaboration Society, this group of concerned artists and producers are working together to ensure this culturally significant dwelling has a future.
The cabin was sitting on pylons on Port Metro Vancouver property between Cates Park and what was the old MacKenzie Barge operation on the North Shore. The MacKenzie Barge site was purchased by Polygon Homes for a condominium development. Part of Polygon’s requirements from the District of North Vancouver and Port Metro was to remediate the site, including the foreshore where the cabin was located. Polygon has assisted with the costs of moving the cabin to a temporary storage site 5.4 km away.
The project involved coordinating several companies that had agreed to contribute to saving the cabin.
DELIVERABLES AND RESULTS:
To date, the cabin has successfully been moved to a temporary place. A direct truck access to the cabin had to be built. Assessment is in progress to determine restoration needs. Also, efforts are underway to identify a permanent place and use for the cabin.
Read more about this Success Story in a great article from The Tyee.