Car park redevelopment proposal to benefit Rose Bay
Published 12 December 2019
Council has announced plans to redevelop the Wilberforce Avenue, Rose Bay car park site into a new multi-storey parking facility and community centre incorporating small complementary retail and office spaces, delivering substantial benefits to the local economy, residents and visitors to the area.
The proposal includes provision for 253 car spaces (an addition of 158) and public toilets within a four-storey building envelope, and will provide a significant future revenue stream to be spent on services, infrastructure and improvements for the benefit of the community.
Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne said the proposal will help to ensure the ongoing economic viability of the Rose Bay commercial centre, and address longstanding demand for more parking in the area and a need for more community space.
“The proposal is a fantastic opportunity to modernise an ageing Council asset and increase the vibrancy of the Rose Bay shopping village,” the Mayor said.
“We are committed to using our existing property assets to provide community facilities and increased amenity for locals, and this proposal represents a significant opportunity to do so,” the Mayor said.
“Our Kiaora Place redevelopment in Double Bay, which included an increase in public parking and new eateries and shops, set a fantastic benchmark for what is possible in our commercial centres and we aim to similarly enhance the Rose Bay area.
“I look forward to seeing the proposal proceed in the coming months and to hearing the views of residents during public exhibition and consultation.”
Under the plans for the Wilberforce Avenue redevelopment, all assets would be retained by Council, enabling construction costs to be offset by retail and office rental income.
The redevelopment process for the site is estimated to take 2-3 years, including obtaining development consent and construction.
Prior to submission of a Development Application, a detailed design and report will be prepared for Council in the first half of 2020, including a funding model and strategies to address loss of parking during construction, excluding the use of any public parks.
Council has resolved to defer redevelopment plans for an adjacent public car park, located on Ian Street in Rose Bay, until such time as market conditions improve and the project becomes more commercially viable.
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