Kiewa Street car park scheduled to re-open on December 16 after five years in the making

THE Rotary market is eyeing off a return to the redeveloped Kiewa Street car park in Albury on February 4.

ALMOST THERE: The upgraded Kiewa Street car park is scheduled to open next Saturday. More than 700 all-day parks will be provided to residents and visitors to the city. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

ALMOST THERE: The upgraded Kiewa Street car park is scheduled to open next Saturday. More than 700 all-day parks will be provided to residents and visitors to the city. Picture: JAMES WILTSHIRE

Albury Council has confirmed the carpark, which will have 724 all-day parking spaces, will re-open next Saturday subject to final safety tick-off from the NSW fire and rescue service.

Rotary clubs of Albury North and Belvoir-Wodonga have operated their Sunday markets at the Wilson Street car park since work started at Kiewa Street five years ago.

Rotary spokesman Peter Drummond said there was no point making the move back to Kiewa Street before Christmas.

Toilets to be used only on market days and a storage area are also being built on the ground level.

“Generally some of the stallholders take a break in January and there are people away on school holidays,” Mr Drummond said.

“We thought it was best to wait a bit longer and getting it back onto one level will make it easier to manage.”

The council has also confirmed when Kiewa Street opens, the spaces on levels four and five of the Volt Lane car park will return to time-limited parking.

Mayor Kevin Mack said having the Kiewa Street facility re-opened would be a welcome addition for shoppers and central Albury workers.

“We know that parking pressures can build up, especially in the busy lead-up to Christmas,” he said.

“So this is a fantastic way of providing hundreds of spaces within a stone’s throw of shops and workplaces.

“The bright and colourful façade of the car park reflects the bright outlook for our city centre and that can only improve with so many new and convenient parking options in the heart of the shopping district.”

Construction of the car park was a requirement of the development consent for the Volt Lane precinct and has been built on council-owned land at the cost of the developer.

Once the handover is completed, the car park will become a public asset.

The council last week  struck a deal with owners of land between Mate’s and Target to use the vacant block for parking until the site was ready to be developed.

Similar arrangements existed with the former owners before the land was sold a year ago.