The bat­tle of Lind­field Green

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Jenny Bar­lass

A leafy plaza with a cafe for out­door events and two lev­els of un­der­ground park­ing in the mid­dle of east Lind­field may seem like a lovely idea - but to the busi­nesses sur­round­ing the pro­posed plaza, it’s a badly con­ceived idea which could spell fi­nan­cial disas­ter.

Cen­tral to the con­cerns of busi­nesses bor­der­ing the pro­posed $19.7m Lind­field Green project is a lack of ad­e­quate park­ing both dur­ing the year-long con­struc­tion and af­ter­wards, as well as detri­men­tal af­fects on traf­fic in the area once com­pleted.

At a con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing with Ku ring gai last week, wor­ried busi­ness own­ers asked Coun­cil to con­duct a park­ing sur­vey of all com­mer­cial en­ter­prises af­fected by the de­vel­op­ment to as­cer­tain how many car spa­ces each needs every day, prior to work com­menc­ing.

They also called on Coun­cil to post­pone build­ing work for 12 months while traf­fic engi­neers sur­veyed the ef­fects on traf­fic and park­ing of the ad­ja­cent nine storey Aqua­land de­vel­op­ment and shop­ping precinct un­der­neath, due for com­ple­tion in early 2018.

But Ku ring gai Coun­cil has re­fused to halt work for the traf­fic study, pre­fer­ring to rely on “the advice given by the pro­fes­sion­als that are

cur­rently in­volved in the de­sign,” it told the Monthly Chron­i­cle.

A spokesper­son said that “as part of the trans­port as­sess­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the fu­ture De­vel­op­ment Ap­pli­ca­tion, an as­sess­ment of the park­ing re­quire­ments for all the re­tail/busi­ness/ med­i­cal and com­mu­nity land uses on the eastern side of Lind­field will be un­der­taken to de­ter­mine the level of short stay/ cus­tomer park­ing needed.”

One of the two lev­els of the un­der­ground car park, yet to re­ceive fund­ing from the Baird Govern­ment, should de­liver 180 car spa­ces - 83 pub­lic spa­ces with a two hour limit po­liced by Ku ring gai rangers - and 116 com­muter spa­ces below that.

Those 83 spa­ces aren’t nearly enough, say busi­nesses, and is 55 less spa­ces than what’s pro­vided by the ex­ist­ing car park which is con­tin­u­ally full.

“The 138 spa­ces there at the mo­ment barely copes with the num­ber of peo­ple want­ing to use the car park,” said Scott Blamey who owns the Run­away Spoon restau­rant. “I stand to lose 80 per cent of my busi­ness as there seems to be no park­ing pro­vi­sions dur­ing con­struc­tion.

“This is a build­ing full of doc­tors and other health ser­vices used by lots of se­niors who can’t walk far, and with­out park­ing or even a dis­abled space near the build­ing, peo­ple won’t be able to get to the build­ing, so all mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity will be im­pacted in a neg­a­tive way.”

Other con­cerns in­clude residents from the new 141 apart­ment nine storey Aqua­land de­vel­op­ment next door us­ing the car park as over­spill. Aqua­land de­vel­oper Peter Li said the “just un­der 200” spa­ces will be more than ad­e­quate for the 141 flats in the de­vel­op­ment, with the other 50-odd timed spa­ces al­lo­cated to shop­pers us­ing the ground level shop­ping cen­tre.

“We’ve al­lo­cated one car space for each two bed­room flat and two spa­ces for three bed­room flats ac­cess­ing the al­lo­cated spa­ces with a se­cu­rity swipe sys­tem,” said Peter Li, “but we think some own­ers won’t have a car and this should bal­ance things out.”

Gary Stein owns four of the ti­tles in the build­ing bor­der­ing the car park. “Un­der the cur­rent plans park­ing will be in­ad­e­quate and cur­rent users of the build­ing won’t be able to use it and will cease com­ing,” he said.

On the other side of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, iden­ti­fied in the NSW Govern­ment’s merger pro­posal as a key project which should make it amal­ga­ma­tion-proof, op­tometrist Bryan Rowe said: “The Aqua­land de­vel­op­ment has al­ready de­pressed busi­nesses here in the street - now they could be hurt fur­ther by Lind­field Green if they don’t sort the park­ing.”

He sug­gested that park­ing ra­di­at­ing for one kilo­me­tre out from the site be re­zoned to lift the one hour re­stric­tions for the du­ra­tion of the build­ing works.

Coun­cil said tem­po­rary park­ing plans will be part of the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion and that it “will work closely with lo­cal busi­nesses to lessen the im­pact of con­struc­tion.”

Artist’s im­pres­sion of Lind­field Green

Al­ways full: Tryon Road car park

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.