August 24, 2020
More than 370 new car parks promised for Elsternwick Village
More than 370 new car parks will be created in Elsternwick Village to reduce parking pressure and support shoppers and local businesses.
A new six-level car park will be developed on Stanley St at the equivalent height of five storeys, providing free parking for residents and commuters.
The new car park will retain all 126 existing car parks at the site, while about 240 short-term spaces and more than 130 all-day spaces will be added.
The car park project is currently in the final stages of concept design and is scheduled for completion in 2022 if it passes the formal planning approval process.
The new Elsternwick development is part of a $38 million project to improve car parking in Elsternwick and Bentleigh.
The Glen Eira City Council is looking to build new multi-storey car parks in Elsternwick and Bentleigh, adding more than 550 new car parks across both suburbs.
Glen Eira mayor Margaret Esakoff said the car parks were an important part of the long-term plan to create a network of vibrant activity centres.
“As Bentleigh and Elsternwick continue to grow, we’re providing more parking to support local businesses and shoppers, make it easier for people to access public transport and reduce parking pressure on surrounding streets,” she said.
“Consolidating parking at these sites also means we can free up other land to create precious public open space, like beside the proposed new Elsternwick Hub and at Bentleigh Plaza.”
The council-led project has been expedited by an $18.1 million contribution from the Australian government’s Urban Congestion fund.
Local Member for Goldstein Tim Wilson said the additional commuter parking will help make catching the train easier and more accessible for locals.
The new car parks will feature priority spaces for seniors, people with prams, and people with disabilities.
There will be parking for bicycles and motorbikes and charge stations for electric vehicles, as well as solar panels, green walls, and smart car parking management systems.
The council said the new Elsternwick car park had been carefully designed to fit within preferred height limits and would be set back from residential properties.
To protect the privacy of nearby properties, there will be a landscape buffer and floor-to-ceiling perforated metal screening to obscure views from the car park.
All images are artist impressions courtesy of Glen Eira City Council.