This website serves as a source of information about the Eagle Meadows Business Park development on Bonson Road and Wharf Street, being proposed by Epta Development Corporation (“EDC”) on the Certificate of Possession (“CP”) land within the Katzie First Nations Reserve 1.
Introduction to the Project by Len Pierre
Why Redevelop The Site?
As per the BC Assembly of First Nations Sustainable Economic Development & Fiscal Relation Strategy Summary Report, it is in Katzie’s interest to clarify and standardize economic interests and provide employment and business opportunities through negotiation and land development.
The Eagle Meadows Business Park development will help Katzie achieve these goals and provide a new source of revenue to the Nation.
The Eagle Meadows Business Park is an industrial complex designed to provide logistics and operating solutions for industrial businesses in Pitt Meadows. This project presents a unique economic opportunity for the Katzie First Nation given the shortage of industrial land in the Lower Mainland.
The proposed site is approximately 17.5 acres or 763,000 square feet in size and is located on the corner of Bonson Road and Fraser Industrial Way. The site is currently vacant of buildings.
What Is The Proposal?
The proposal is for a light industrial complex comprising of approximately 400,000 square feet of leasable space over two buildings. Located on Katzie First Nation lands on the north bank of the Fraser River just west of the Golden Ears Bridge and minutes from Port Kells, Eagle Meadows Business Park features excellent accessibility with convenient connections via highway, rail, air, port and border distribution points throughout Metro Vancouver.
Like other Class A industrial complexes, it will feature loading bays for trucks and the potential for multiple tenants in different sized units. The development will also feature:
- High efficiency LED lighting
- Enhanced storm water management measures
- Insulated walls and roofing
- Thermally efficient glazing
- Low VOC paints and coatings
The Eagle Meadows Business Park will be located in Katzie 1 land, at the Northeast corner of Bonson Road and Wharf Street.
Where Are We In The Process?
Now that architectural plans have been created for the site, we are in the Development Permit stage which, if approved by Chief and Council, will allow us to execute the project and begin construction. We are excited to see this project come to fruition and yield benefits for the Katzie First Nation community.
This project is the first of its kind for KFN, in an effort to build economic sustainability and stability that will benefit the Nation over a long-term. We want this project to be something KFN can be proud of for years to come, while providing a source of revenue to the Nation.
Subject to review and approval by Chief and Council, & issuance of a Development Permit, we anticipate that construction will begin this year and businesses will be able to occupy and lease the complex in late 2022.
Katzie Culture Reflection
The Cultural Nodes
All cultural nodes will feature the following four elements:
Indigenous Inclusion Program
Epta Development Corporation is partnering with Wales McLelland Construction, who have worked with several Indigenous groups in the past, to deliver the business park. In 2016, Wales McLelland completed a 31,618 square foot manufacturing facility for Shxwhá:y Village in Chilliwack.
Wales McLelland also has an Indigenous Inclusion Program that might be of interest to some of our community members, as they recognize that the construction industry can provide meaningful opportunities for community members on their projects.
This program facilitates educational opportunities for construction training, site tours to introduce construction career potential to community youth, and provides direct employment in the project for qualified, or close to qualified, candidates.
The Project Team
The project team is a group of sub-consultants strategically chosen to address the unique project opportunities within the Katzie First Nation. The group of professionals has worked as a team on many industrial projects throughout the lower mainland. Given their experience within various municipalities as well as First Nations lands, they possess the technical know-how to design a successful industrial warehouse. Each team members commitment to continued professional growth and acute attention to detail makes them leaders in their industry.
Epta Development Corporation
Alex Tsakumis and Angelo Tsakumis
EDC has been building on the Lower Mainland and internationally for several decades. EDC’s community partners can count on a transparent and enterprising partner committed to fair development practices that benefit and enhance local communities. As the world evolves, so do our practices to ensure economic, social and environmental stewardship are at the forefront of what we do.
Architecture: CTA Design Group
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, CTA Design Group has been providing architectural, coordinating professional and structural consulting services to private, corporate and institutional clients in Western Canada and Washington State since 1986.
The principals and associates bring to all assignments their international background and training, coupled with many years of diversified experience in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. The depth and range of design experience, the ability to analyze and prioritize the needs of each client, the focus and productivity of the team all bring real value to the management of every project.
Landscape Architecture: Prospect and Refuge
Prospect & Refuge is a full-service landscape architecture firm based in Vancouver, BC. We pride ourselves on providing a personal and collaborative approach to design. From multi-family housing to schools, hospitals and industrial sites, we work closely with clients to create vibrant and memorable places that are cohesive with the community. At Prospect & Refuge, we view constraints as opportunities. We are dedicated to finding quality solutions that meet our clients’ time, budget, program and style.
Our firm is tightly configured with an enthusiastic team, dedicated to providing the best possible service with innovative results. Their decades of experience cover everything from urban design and placemaking, planting design and children’s play, to construction detailing and environmental restoration.
Building on over 25 years of history as Jonathan Losee Ltd., Prospect & Refuge carries on Jon’s legacy of humour, client-oriented service, environmental focus, and technical attention to detail.
Civil Engineer: Hub Engineering
Hub Engineering is a professional Civil Engineering Consulting firm specializing in Land Development projects for the private and public sectors, including extensive industrial development experience. Our experienced staff includes Professional Engineers, Project Managers, Designers, Construction Inspectors and Environmental Monitors. Our key professionals have extensive experience and expertise, which gives them a multidisciplinary and value-added approach to projects.
Planning: Pacific Land Group
Pacific Land Group (PLG) is an experienced multidisciplinary land-use consulting firm focused on delivering creative and effective solutions for complex land planning, development and environmental issues. Our expertise also includes, but is not limited to, land development and approvals, feasibility studies, Sensitive Ecosystem Development Plans and Permits (EDP/DP3), engineering design and construction, topographic surveys, and Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC). We represent both public- and private-sector clients on a variety of planning, zoning and environmental matters.
Community Consultation: Pottinger Bird
Pottinger Bird Community Relations is a real estate consultancy firm specializing in development-related community relations and engagement.
Wales McLelland Construction
Wales McLelland Construction believes that although every project is specific and unique, they still take the same view: by working together with their partners every step of the way, they can do great things. Over the past 50 years, they have built their experience by maintaining a foundation of exceptional quality and absolute transparency. Their collaborative approach, coupled with the latest technology, building methods and project management tools, ensures that their clients are in on the ground floor so they can deliver results that go above and beyond.
The Project Team
|Issue or Concern
General project or development inquiries
EDC/Pacific Land Group
Trucks staging and backing up on Bonson Road
EDC and City of Pitt Meadows
– Engineering Department
Construction hours and dust