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.
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.