Eastwood

Start of work on Rowe Street car park imminent

Work to build the new Rowe Street carpark on the eastern side of Eastwood will start next month after City of Ryde cancelled its original construction deal and awarded the contract to Belmadar Pty Ltd in a re-run tender process last month.
Eastwood based councillor Dr Peter Kim (ALP) and Mayor Jerome Laxale had jointly lodged a development application for the car park in 2019 at the City of Ryde Business Centre in Top Ryde.
The Sydney North Planning Panel approved the development in late 2019, with the facility due to be completed and operational by mid-2021.
But the long-awaited project has suffered several months of delays after what Ryde Council described as a “miscarried” assessment and evaluation process which saw it enter into a contract with the original successful tenderer in March, before rescinding the deal in May.
According to a confidential report dated April 28, 2020 and tabled in a closed session of council, an email from the original successful tenderer on April 7 included “a request to discuss 45 proposed contract departures.”
“It is the view of Council officers that the tender assessment and evaluation process has miscarried,” the report said.
Located at 53-71 Rowe Street, the new multi-storey shopper car park will have 150 car spaces and will include a small pop-up retail space.
A new commuter car park at the site was offered by Premier Gladys Berejiklian during her term as Transport Minister but her proposal was trashed by Mr Booth who argued that only a larger car park with short and long term parking would adequately meet the needs of local shoppers.
His campaign was backed by the Korean Chamber of Commerce, the Eastwood Chamber of Commerce and the The City of Ryde Council.
Mayor Laxale said this multi-million dollar project would now deliver enormous economic benefits for Eastwood.
“The new shopper car park on Rowe Street East will create jobs, fix chronic parking shortages and entice people back to Eastwood when it is needed most,” he said.
“Eastwood has been one of the town centres hardest hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with some businesses reporting between 50 and 80 percent drop in turnover.
“Crucially, this car park will be a key component in Eastwood’s economic recovery as we gradually emerge from this crisis.”
The Mayor said the council is committed to helping business recover from the impact of the pandemic.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, this Council has been determined to invest in key projects that will help the local economy,’ he said.
“The new Rowe Street East shopper car park joins a range of initiatives that we have introduced to help everyone get through this extremely challenging period.”
Deputy Mayor, Dr Peter Kim, said Eastwood residents and businesses had endured delay after delay.
“I am glad that we are finally starting the car park construction on the 7th of October,” he told The Weekly Times.
“The project is expected to take 36 weeks to complete and there should be no room for procrastination.
“Although I don’t have much faith it will be finished on time – I sincerely hope residents get their right to access the essential services in the Eastwood town centre without the constipation of traffic congestion and inadequate parking facilities.”
He said City of Ryde should challenge itself, to prove it can deliver a project like this on time and on budget.
The final design for the car park takes into account feedback from community consultations and includes electric vehicle chargers.
Both Chambers of Commerce acknowledged the support of The Weekly Times and The City of Ryde.