Monash Council has moved one step closer to constructing a 195-place multi-level car park in Oakleigh.
At its meeting last night, Council considered community feedback it had received about a proposal to build the car park in Atkinson Street.
With there being general community support for the car park, Council resolved to immediately commence an Expression of Interest process for construction of the car park.
Mayor Stefanie Perri said before construction could begin, Council would still need to confirm funding for the $8.7million project when it adopts its 2016/2017 Council budget in late June.
“We’ve decided to start the EOI process now so we can be ‘shovel ready’ if Council confirms funding for the car park as part of this year’s budget,” Cr Perri said.
“Our parking surveys have confirmed there is a desperate need for more car parking in Oakleigh. So, I want Council to be ready to go as soon as we get the green light with funding,” she said.
“Oakleigh is a vibrant and thriving area that has become a foodie destination but the area is struggling to cope with the number of people wanting to visit.”
She said some residents who live near the car park location had raised concerns about increased traffic and related safety issues. In response, Council was proposing to fund an additional $40,000 worth of traffic management measures to address these concerns.
Cr Perri said local businesses had contributed $1.6million towards the car park, through financial contributions made in lieu of being able to provide on-site customer car parking.
Council will also consider selling two blocks of land in Oxford Street, Oakleigh to partly fund the project. Council will consult with the local community before it makes any decision to sell this land.
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