Brimbank Council has acquired land at 21 McIvor Road, St Albans, in the heart of the St Albans Town Centre, to provide additional parking in the bustling shopping destination.
Council placed a Public Acquisition Overlay (PAO) on the land in 1989 recognising it was of strategic importance to the town centre.
The public acquisition overlay is part of the Brimbank Planning Scheme and gives Council legal authority to secure properties for a public purpose.
The owners of the land will be paid compensation as a result of Council’s acquisition of land in accordance with the relevant legislation.
Brimbank Mayor Cr John Hedditch said the time was right to purchase the land and help provide additional car parking in the bustling town centre.
“21 McIvor Road is on the corner of Collins Street and behind the popular Alfrieda Street shopping strip making it an ideal location to provide additional car parking. The site is also located next door to an existing Council car park.
“Council seized on the opportunity to exercise the public acquisition of the property when the land was advertised for sale.
“This is a great outcome for Council; it is always preferable to acquire property when it is not tenanted.
“This is also a positive outcome for traders and the surrounding residents of the St Albans Town Centre, it shows Council is taking action to help improve parking issues.
“We know St Albans Town Centre is a popular shopping destination for locals and for visitors and being able to work towards additional parking will make it even more attractive.
“Council will now work with the landowners to agree on a purchase price and finalise the settlement.
“Council is currently preparing the budget for next financial year and long term financial plan and will consider the funding requirements and timeline for the planning, design and construction of an at-grade car park at this site.
“This is another positive step in the ongoing revitalisation of St Albans.
“Other projects include the state funded level crossing removals at Furlong and Main Roads, the nearby construction of the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital as well as the Council funded and soon to be opened St Albans Community Centre and Bowery Theatre.
“Council looks forward to working with the local community of St Albans to help promote the fantastic shopping, recreation and cultural opportunities on offer.” Cr Hedditch said.