Kiewa Street multi-deck carpark completion date will miss initial completion date

THE completion date for the Kiewa Street carpark has been pushed back at least two months.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Kiewa Street carpark was originally due to be completed by mid-year, but is experiencing some delays.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Kiewa Street carpark was originally due to be completed by mid-year, but is experiencing some delays.

Interim parking arrangements for central Albury workers will remain in place until at least September, but mayor Kevin Mack says there is no risk of the multi-deck carpark not being finished by Christmas.

Once completed the carpark will have 724 all-day parks which is an additional 359 from the previous arrangements.

The Kiewa Street carpark and Mantra motel project in Smollett Street next door to the Australian Taxation Offices headquarters are being completed simultaneously by the same developer.

"The (carpark) construction is progressing well," Cr Mack said.

"We are expecting an update on hand over from developer to council in the coming weeks.

"It is my understanding that the developer is just awaiting confirmation on a couple of critical supplies.

"It was always planned for this carpark to be completed mid-2017.

"The temporary arrangements have been very successful with very few concerns raised regarding both short and long term parking availability.

"There will be no disruption for Christmas shoppers."

Cr Mack said council would need to carry out linemarking and signage works once construction had been completed.

The carpark is being financed and developed by Volt Lane Pty Ltd as part of the final stages of the Volt Lane precinct development.

Since construction work has started council has urged CBD workers to use existing, under-utilised off street car parks, existing on-street and informal parking in South Albury.

Also, the top two levels of the Volt Lane multi-deck carpark have been converted from three-hour restricted parking to all day parking.

The top two levels are being quickly snapped up by ATO employees each morning with another level in the carpark dedicated to Target shoppers.

Compounding the carpark squeeze in central Albury is an area between Target and the Mate's building remaining off-limits.

It was previously used as a carpark, but since being sold earlier this year it has been fenced off even though it did open briefly during the Queen's Birthday weekend.

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