Plan to sell car park

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Coun­cil will get more than the $1.5 mil­lion thresh­old needed for a business plan to sell the 52bay Sta­tion Street car park.

“Re­cent val­u­a­tions un­der­taken for the pur­poses of fair value re­port­ing in­di­cate that the site will be worth sig­nif­i­cantly more than the thresh­old value, but as the site may be sub­ject to ten­der process or auc­tion, it wouldn’t be pru­dent at this stage to re­veal the ex­act value re­ceived,” a staff re­port said at last month’s meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors ac­cepted the business plan and, in a sep­a­rate decision, al­lo­cated $9.1 mil­lion from the 2013 sale of the for­mer works de­pot on Nailsworth Street, to re­duce debt and spend on beach fa­cil­i­ties and parks in the next 10 years.

The sales have gained ur­gency be­cause of the pend­ing an­nounce­ment of lo­cal gov­ern­ment merg­ers, pro­posed to be fin­ished mid-2015.

Dur­ing coun­cil’s con­sul­ta­tion about sell­ing the car park, three sub­mis­sions were from de­vel­op­ers and in­vest­ment com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in the site.

The re­port said sell­ing of the car park could fi­nance im­prove­ments to the ad­ja­cent town cen­tre and pro­vide re­place­ment bays. It said any link be­tween park­ing short­ages and fewer shop­pers in the town cen­tre, be­fore a 48-bay car park opened at the east end of Sta­tion Street late last year, were caused by Cottes­loe Cen­tral shop­ping cen­tre staff seek­ing new places for their cars, shop­pers mov­ing to the Clare­mont Quar­ter and com­muters be­ing stopped from park­ing at train sta­tions.

The re­port said the coun­cil’s elec­tronic park­ing mon­i­tors showed the car park to be sold was 70 per cent oc­cu­pied by 9am week­days, likely by shop staff and com­muters, leav­ing no bays for shop­pers, but the new car park was “rarely” half-used in the day.

Coun­cil­lors agreed half the money from the car park’s sale would be used for im­prove­ments in the town cen­tre, and a toi­let would be built nearby for train pas­sen­gers.

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