Temporary carpark in Kiewa Street, Albury re-opens in deal between council and owners

THE pre-Christmas parking crush in central Albury has been eased despite the upgraded Kiewa Street multi-deck car park missing the latest nominated target.

Kevin Mack

Kevin Mack

Albury Council can’t pinpoint an opening date for Kiewa Street which was first earmarked for redevelopment five years ago.

Mayor Kevin Mack said in mid-October the park, which will provide 724 all-day parks when completed, would be finished when the Christmas shopping period moved into top gear.

The council confirmed on Friday an agreement had been struck with the owners of land between Mate’s and Target to use the vacant land for parking until the site is ready to be developed.

Similar arrangements existed with the former owners before the land was sold about 12 months ago.

“This is a prime CBD site and its future development will make a significant contribution to the local economy and enhancement of the city,” Cr Mack said.

“But until such time as this occurs it should be put to good use.”

The space will be available for two-hour public parking with removal of temporary fencing also improving the visual amenity of the area.

The council is also yet to confirm whether the top decks of the Volt Lane carpark will be changed back to three-hour parking when Kiewa Street eventually opens.

They were converted to all-day parking when construction started on the Kiewa Street site.

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 motel is on track to be completed early next year.