On Tuesday, the Adelaide City Council voted for a $12.2 million car park to be built for the city’s next city-wide project, which will include the development of the city centre.
The council had voted to fund the car park for $10 million in 2016 and $11.5 million in 2019, but this will be the first time the council has actually funded a new car park.
“The car park will be part of a new city centre, and it will be a massive undertaking to build this,” Adelaide Mayor Lachlan Fitzgibbon said.
“(The car) will be in service in six months and then it will go on to become a permanent asset.”
The council also committed $3 million to the project, with the city of Adelaide having secured $3.5m from the Australian government for the project.
With the new carpark being completed, Adelaide will be one of the first cities in Australia to have a dedicated car park, which is set to be installed by 2020.
However, the new Adelaide car park has already seen some issues.
The first issue was the timing.
It took more than a year to get the project started, with councilor Ian Gidley noting that he did not have enough time to get a car into the carpark before the council was forced to make the decision to fund it.
When Adelaide councilors first announced they would fund the new city-centre car park in April, it was billed as a one-off, with Adelaide planning to open the car parks as a permanent feature.
But then it was revealed that the car would be fully operational by the end of 2020, meaning the council would not have the funds to build the car-park until 2021.
This prompted many to call for the council to abandon the plan.
Since then, the council’s finances have been badly strained, with budget cuts and the loss of funding for the car’s battery being the biggest issues facing the council.
And when Adelaide’s first car park opened in September 2016, the first car there was not even a Mitsubishi Qashqai, but a Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
There were other major issues, too, including the fact the car had to be parked in a parking lot for three weeks to allow the car to be properly maintained.
Despite all of the problems, Adelaide’s car park still has many supporters.
Its creator, a former councilor and city planning consultant, said he had “absolutely no regrets” about the project’s timing.
“The council has done its bit to deliver a city centre for Adelaide,” he said.
“And I think the car can be a key part of this.”
Adelaide city councilor Mr Gid.
Source: ABC News (AAP: David Crosbie)Mr Fitzgbons vision for the Adelaide carpark is to help the city and the region achieve its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing transport capacity, creating jobs and boosting the quality of life for people in Adelaide.
The council said it was working to raise the funds needed to build Adelaide’s new car-oriented development, and said it would work with local businesses to ensure the car could be fully operable and operated by 2021.
Adelaide’s car-focused development project.
Source – ABC News Adelaide city councilors voted to invest $12 million into the Adelaide-based car park project.
The car is part of the development for the future city centre in Adelaide, with $11 million of the $12m being allocated to the car.
Topics:city-development-and-planning,city-and‐state,alp,south-adelaise-5000,adelaide-5000About the Author:David Crosbie is a Melbourne-based journalist and writer with a background in journalism and technology.
He is the founder of the website Melbourne in Transition and has previously covered politics and local government.