More than 550 additional spaces will be created for shoppers and commuters with new multi-level car parks at the existing parking areas in Oak Street/ Bleazby Street, Bentleigh and the eastern end of Stanley Street, Elsternwick.
The aim is to make it easier to access vital services and support local businesses in these key hubs. Additional commuter parking will help more people access the train for their daily commute while reducing pressure on surrounding streets.
A key initiative in the Bentleigh and Elsternwick Structure Plans, the consolidation of parking at these sites will also free up land for new public open spaces beside the proposed Elsternwick Hub and at Bentleigh Plaza.
The $38 million project will see all the existing 283 car parks retained, and approximately 290 additional short-term and 260 commuter car parking spaces added across the two sites.
Work on the car parks has been expedited by an $18.1 million contribution from the Australian Government’s Urban Congestion Fund. This funding has enabled these priority projects to be delivered sooner and allowed reallocation of ratepayer money to other important initiatives.
How have the car parks been designed?
The car parks have been designed to:
- retain all existing parking
- provide the additional number of spaces identified in the Bentleigh and Elsternwick Structure Plans
- satisfy the federal funding requirements for all-day parking provision
- comply with current parking design standards and our existing policies
- deliver value for money.
In line with our Parking Policy, six percent of parking at each site will be prioritised for seniors, people with prams, and people with a disability. Each site will also include electric vehicle charge stations, bicycle and motorcycle parking.
Both car parks incorporate sustainable design including solar panelling, sensor lighting, green walls and smart car parking management systems so users can efficiently locate empty spaces.
What is planned at Bentleigh?
The new car park will include five levels of parking, equivalent to four storeys in height, with a single access at Oak Street, and dual access from Bleazby Street. All 157 existing car parks will be retained and more than 180 additional short-term and commuter car parking spaces added. All parking will continue to be free of charge.
The car park has been carefully designed to fit within the preferred height limits of the Bentleigh Structure Plan. It is setback from the boundaries shared with residential properties (in compliance with ResCode) and includes a landscape buffer to these boundaries. It also includes floor-to-ceiling perforated metal screening to obscure views and overlooking to minimise impact on neighbouring properties.
What is planned at Elsternwick?
The new car park will include six levels of parking, equivalent to five storeys in height, with access from Stanley Street only to best manage traffic on the surrounding roads and laneway. All 126 existing car parks will be retained and more than 370 additional short-term and commuter car parking spaces added. All parking will continue to be free of charge.
The car park has been carefully designed to fit within the preferred height limits of the Elsternwick Structure Plan. It is setback from the boundary shared with residential properties (in compliance with ResCode) and includes a landscape buffer to this boundary. It also includes floor-to-ceiling perforated metal screening to obscure views and overlooking to minimise impact on neighbouring properties.
What are the next steps?
The car parks are in the final stages of concept design and a formal planning approval process is expected to start later in 2020 where the community can provide feedback.
Subject to approvals, the car parks will be delivered in 2022.
Council will work closely with residents and businesses in the surrounding area to plan for and manage any construction impacts.