Proposal for new Oakleigh multi-level car park

Consultation closed on 04 December 2015

Atkinson Street Carpark Artist Impression

In November and early December 2015, Council sought community views on a proposal that Council build a new multi-level car park in Oakleigh.

Many of the existing car spaces in Oakleigh Village are 100% occupied during peak periods, meaning people have to drive around, feeling frustrated, searching for a vacant car space.

We would like to support the ongoing popularity and success of Oakleigh by increasing the number of available car spaces.

Consideration of feedback

Feedback on the car park proposal was sought by Friday 4 December 2015. More than 160 people provided their views to Council via an on-line survey. Feedback was also provided at a community meeting and at two "listening posts" held in Eaton Mall.

As a response to concerns raised by residents in Palmerston Grove and surrounding properties, Council has organised a follow-up community meeting for local residents. This meeting will be held at the Monash Seminar and Training Centre (1A Atherton Road, Oakleigh) on Monday 14 December, from 6.30pm. The aim of the meeting is to:

  • discuss options for mitigating traffic and impacts on Palmerston Grove residents north of the carpark
  • discuss details of the design of the car park including the visual amenity and the entrance and exit details. 

Council is expected to consider all of the community feedback at its meeting in late January 2016. Council will then decide whether to fund the project in its 2016/17 budget.

This is our plan

Council is proposing to build two levels (providing an additional 195 car spaces) above the existing ground level car park in Atkinson Street (between Palmerston Grove and Atkinson Street).

This proposal was recommended to Council by a steering committee which included Oakleigh Ward Councillors Stefanie Perri, Bill Pontikis and Theo Zographos; representatives of the Oakleigh Traders and Oakleigh Rotary Club; and local Members of Parliament Anna Burke and Steve Dimopoulos.

The committee considered other locations for the car park but decided the best location would be on the Atkinson Street site.

The project is expected to cost about $8.7 million. About $1.6 million would come from contributions already pledged by local businesses (in lieu of providing car spaces on-site at their businesses). Council will consider funding the remainder of the project in its 2016/17 budget. To raise funds, consideration will also be given to selling two Council-owned sites in Oxford Street which currently provide some car parking.

Construction timeframes

We are proposing that, in early 2016, we advertise an Expression of Interest for construction of the car park. This would mean the construction could begin in mid-2016, in the event that Council decides to fund the project in its 2016/17 budget. 

If construction begins in mid-2016, it is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

This timeline would result in the car park opening as soon as is possible. However, it may also result in the existing car park being unavailable over the Christmas 2016 period (as it will be a construction site).

As part of seeking feedback on the overall project, Council also sought feedback from the community on the project timelines, asking people whether they would prefer to see the car park built as early as possible or would prefer it to be delayed until after Christmas 2016. Council will consider this feedback as part of its decision-making on this project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ossie Martinz, Director Infrastructure, on 9518 3701 or 9518 3702.

Locations that were considered

Chester Street Car park

The Chester Street car park is located in the core retail precinct as identified in the Oakleigh Major Activity Centre Structure Plan. The preferred character identified for this area includes a mix of commercial and residential uses with active frontages.

Over 10 years ago a proposal was considered for a development on the Chester Street carpark site consisting of three small commercial premises fronting Chester Street in addition to an at grade plus three podium levels (339 space) car park. This development was part of the “Hometime” development proposal. This proposal was abandoned as it was found not to be viable at the time.

The proposal also required road works in Hanover Street and the conversion of the eastern section of Chester Street to two-way traffic. Further, any proposal on this site would require rear access to be maintained to the abutting properties.

Expansion of the Chester Street car park would necessitate the eastern end of Chester Street becoming a two-way road for traffic to leave the area in order to reduce existing and/or prevent any increase in vehicle movements across Eaton Mall and within the core of the Centre. It would also require the Hanover Street/Chester Street intersection to be signalised to manage traffic movements which, with the high traffic volumes along Hanover Street and the very close proximity of Atherton Road, is not likely to be an efficient outcome.

Any change to two way traffic would also result in the loss of the on-street parking spaces within that part of Chester Street and would further diminish the pedestrian environment at those locations.

The review of Council land undertaken in 2011 identified that the Chester Street site is better suited for commercial/community use on the ground level in order to provide for an active ground level and potentially residential above. It is also feasible to consider the future of the Chester Street carpark in the context of further opportunities to perhaps extend the mall up Chester Street towards Hanover Street.

VicTrack carpark Mill Street/Haughton Road

While any multi-deck car park will require VicTrack and State Government approval, the site is identified as a strategic development site and it would be possible to build a multi-deck carpark of up to 8 levels which could yield up to 800 spaces. It was recognised that this was a longer term option. It is noted however that this site is somewhat remote from the Activity Centre.

Options along Haughton Road

There were some possibilities of additional parking along Haughton Road and at the site near the Hanover Street railway bridge which is currently utilised by the Youth Club and the Don Bosco group, which are both busy community groups. It is possible to extend the car parking along Haughton Road but the distance to the station would be further.

Due to the extensive use of the community groups the community centre site was not considered an option.

Hanover Street

The Hanover Street site was recently considered for a development opportunity but it was not supported by Council due to community opposition. This site was seen to not offer any more advantage than the Atkinson Street car park site. Council has allocated $161,000 in the 2015/16 budget for asphalting, line-marking and landscaping of the car park and this tidy up of the car park is expected to yield 15 additional spaces in efficiencies. This work is expected to commence in early 2016.

Locations that were considered

Chester Street Car park

The Chester Street car park is located in the core retail precinct as identified in the Oakleigh Major Activity Centre Structure Plan. The preferred character identified for this area includes a mix of commercial and residential uses with active frontages.

Over 10 years ago a proposal was considered for a development on the Chester Street carpark site consisting of three small commercial premises fronting Chester Street in addition to an at grade plus three podium levels (339 space) car park. This development was part of the “Hometime” development proposal. This proposal was abandoned as it was found not to be viable at the time.

The proposal also required road works in Hanover Street and the conversion of the eastern section of Chester Street to two-way traffic. Further, any proposal on this site would require rear access to be maintained to the abutting properties.

Expansion of the Chester Street car park would necessitate the eastern end of Chester Street becoming a two-way road for traffic to leave the area in order to reduce existing and/or prevent any increase in vehicle movements across Eaton Mall and within the core of the Centre. It would also require the Hanover Street/Chester Street intersection to be signalised to manage traffic movements which, with the high traffic volumes along Hanover Street and the very close proximity of Atherton Road, is not likely to be an efficient outcome.

Any change to two way traffic would also result in the loss of the on-street parking spaces within that part of Chester Street and would further diminish the pedestrian environment at those locations.

The review of Council land undertaken in 2011 identified that the Chester Street site is better suited for commercial/community use on the ground level in order to provide for an active ground level and potentially residential above. It is also feasible to consider the future of the Chester Street carpark in the context of further opportunities to perhaps extend the mall up Chester Street towards Hanover Street.

VicTrack carpark Mill Street/Haughton Road

While any multi-deck car park will require VicTrack and State Government approval, the site is identified as a strategic development site and it would be possible to build a multi-deck carpark of up to 8 levels which could yield up to 800 spaces. It was recognised that this was a longer term option. It is noted however that this site is somewhat remote from the Activity Centre.

Options along Haughton Road

There were some possibilities of additional parking along Haughton Road and at the site near the Hanover Street railway bridge which is currently utilised by the Youth Club and the Don Bosco group, which are both busy community groups. It is possible to extend the car parking along Haughton Road but the distance to the station would be further.

Due to the extensive use of the community groups the community centre site was not considered an option.

Hanover Street

The Hanover Street site was recently considered for a development opportunity but it was not supported by Council due to community opposition. This site was seen to not offer any more advantage than the Atkinson Street car park site. Council has allocated $161,000 in the 2015/16 budget for asphalting, line-marking and landscaping of the car park and this tidy up of the car park is expected to yield 15 additional spaces in efficiencies. This work is expected to commence in early 2016.

Location

129-133 Atkinson Street, Oakleigh 3166 View Map

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