City, church agree on carpark de­sign

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A re­cip­ro­cal agree­ment has been reached be­tween the City of Kar­ratha and St Paul’s Catholic Church for over­flow park­ing at the Red Earth Arts Precinct when the fa­cil­ity opens mid-next year.

Af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions, the City and church have set­tled on a con­cept de­sign for a new 169-bay CBD carpark to ac­com­mo­date pa­trons of the precinct and church-go­ers for large-scale events at ei­ther venue. The carpark would wrap around the church, which is ad­ja­cent to the REAP site, and pro­vide 99 park­ing bays for City ad­min­is­tra­tion staff and 70 for church-go­ers across two ar­eas sep­a­rated by bol­lards.

The plan also in­cludes an up­grade to the ex­ist­ing church carpark and the in­stal­la­tion of a pedes­trian foot­bridge.

A mo­tion en­dors­ing the con­cept de­sign was passed at a City of Kar­ratha coun­cil meet­ing in June. The church carpark will be up­graded as part of the Red Earth Arts Precinct projects and con­nected via a pedes­trian foot­bridge over the gully.

In­cluded in the agree­ment is the church grant­ing the City ac­cess to over­flow park­ing for use of REAP when re­quired, and the City pro­vid­ing the church with ad­di­tional park­ing in turn.

The con­cept de­sign is es­ti­mated to cost a com­bined $954,255 in con­struc­tion.

Pic­ture: City of Kar­ratha

An artist’s ren­di­tion of the Red Earth Arts Precinct.

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