Oakleigh will get more space for parking, with the extension of the new Atkinson St carpark currently under construction.
As part of the $7.5 million project, two new levels will be added to the existing single-level carpark which houses 79 parking spaces.
With Oakleigh’s parking at 100 per cent capacity during peak times, the extra 195 spaces will bring relief to the bustling shopping precinct.
In response to a recent community survey, residents nominated “parking availability” as the number one area they wanted Monash Council to improve over the next year.
Monash Mayor Geoff Lake said Oakleigh was a thriving dining and retail precinct and the food and atmosphere of the area drew in people from all over Melbourne.
“The car park extension will improve parking in and around the Oakleigh Activity Centre,” Cr Lake said.
In addition to the two new levels, the carpark will include an electronic counting system at its entrance indicting how many spaces are still available, solar powered internal lighting, and student-made art work on the inside of the structure to help stop vandalism.
During construction, the Atkinson St car park will be closed. Oakleigh residents and visitors may find available spaces in the Hanover St carpark where 15 extra spots have been opened.
The building of the carpark may cause minor disruptions but, once completed, the carpark will allow more visitors to come and spend time in Oakleigh without the stress of trying to find a parking spot.
Construction began on August 23, and the carpark is expected to be complete by late June 2017.