ALBURY Council has guaranteed the Kiewa Street multi-deck carpark will be open for the busy Christmas shopping period beginning shortly.
The carpark has been under construction since earlier this year and was initially planned to be open by June.
Fears it won’t be completed for the peak retail period have grown in recent weeks with work crews still on the site.
Albury mayor Kevin Mack confirmed there had been been more delays since declaring a revised completion date in mid-June.
In a prepared statement, Cr Mack said: “Construction of the Kiewa Street carpark is progressing well and will be open in time for the peak shopping period.
“With the significant amount of commercial development happening across Albury-Wodonga at the moment there is a high demand for sub-contractors which has impacted on project timelines.
“There has also been additional time spent on the design and development of the screening for the Kiewa Street façade to maximise its contribution to the streetscape and CBD amenity.”
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.
It was originally scheduled for construction in October 2012, but remediation works were required to be completed to the satisfaction of NSW Environment Protection Authority.
The carpark is being built on a former gas works site.
Pre-construction the park operated at 100 per cent capacity during peak periods including Christmas, according to council surveys.
The Volt Lane carpark's two upper levels have provided the bulk of the temporary all-day parking requirements with Kiewa Street out of action.
The top two levels were converted from three-hour to all-day parks.
Parks are snapped up each day predominantly by Australian Taxation Office employees.
The Rotary Sunday markets will also return to Kiewa Street when the carpark is completed.
They have been conducted in the Wilson Street carpark since early 2013.