In August 2016, Council started construction of a multi-deck car park in Atkinson Street, Oakleigh. This $7.5 million extension of an existing ground floor car park will create a 274-space car park in the centre of Oakleigh, boosting parking in Oakleigh by 195 spaces.
All three levels of the $7.5 million Atkinson Street multi-level car park are now open.
More about the project
Council recognised the need for extra car parks in Oakleigh, especially during peak periods when existing car parks are 100% occupied. This means people have to drive around, feeling frustrated, in search for a vacant car space.
In a recent community survey, Monash residents nominated 'parking availability' as the number one area they would like Council to improve over the next 12 months. With this car park extension, we are responding to the community's wishes.
The project involves:
- The addition of two decks of car parking
- An electronic car counting system at the entries to the car park, indicating available spaces
- A vehicle ramp to the upper levels adjacent to the Atkinson Street frontage
- A concrete and aluminium horizontal façade to the northern side, set back from the boundary, to address resident concerns about noise, overlooking and car headlight glare
- Lifts, stairwells and decorative timber facades with feature lighting at both the Atkinson Street and Palmerston Grove frontages
- Solar cells on the rooftop level to power internal lighting
- artwork on the concrete columns and some internal walls to deter graffiti and vandalism. Local students will help create this artwork
- Landscaping, planting and footpath works
- A modified entry/exit to the car park to discourage people driving down Palmerston Grove (in response to feedback from nearby residents).
If you have any questions about these works, please contact Council's Construction Manager Tony Bernard on 9518 3777 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Special Projects Manager John Klein on 9518 3747 or at email@example.com.
'Oakleigh Oasis' Mural Project
Council commissioned Melbourne street artist Michael Fikaris to create murals throughout the upgraded car park to reflect Oakleigh's natural elements.
The murals on both the ground level and level one feature a botanic theme of floral and botanical references from Australian, Indigenous and Mediterranean plant life. The concept of the botanical theme is intended to reflect the lush and bountiful environment that reflects the markets, gardens and foods which make Oakleigh the thriving that suburb it is.
The large-scale mural project also engaged local young students from Sacred Heart Girls' College and Oakleigh Grammar, who worked with the artist to paint their designs on to pillars of the car park.
Watch our video to see the students add a splash of colour to the car park.
For more information on the mural project, please contact Fatima Almeida, Acting Events and Cultural Development Coordinator, on 9518 3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org