While the façade of the new three level building on top of WaterMarc will be finished by Christmas 2016, work will continue inside on fitting out the new community facilities and staff accommodation.
ADCO Constructions, whose work on the building has been delayed by Melbourne’s wetter than average winter, expects to finish the building early in 2017.
With external construction soon coming to an end, much of the supporting infrastructure has been or is about to be cleared, just in time for the increased retail, dining and entertainment trade that Christmas brings to Greensborough.
Removal works include:
- ADCO’s site offices from on top of the multi-storey car park opposite WaterMarc’s entry. This will free up more car parking spaces.
- The material hoist, which is currently located in the laneway behind WaterMarc.
- The tower crane has already been removed from the building, enabling WaterMarc’s second lift to soon be returned to service.
New public car parks in Howard Street and Stubley Court, which will provide 81 short term spaces and provide additional parking for WaterMarc and the wider Greensborough Activity Centre, are currently under construction and will be finished in December 2016. This will bring the number of free Council provided parking spaces in Greensborough to 800.
Investing in Greensborough
Council is investing $23m in new staff accommodation and community facilities, bringing economic benefits, long term productivity and financial savings, as well as $8 million in 2,200m2 of commercial office space, which will be leased for long term returns.
This project, a total investment of $31m, was foreshadowed in 2007 with Council’s release of the Greensborough Project, a plan to revitalise the area and influence future planning and development in Greensborough.
Council has already successfully completed:
- WaterMarc - attracting 805,444 visits in 2014/15.
- Town Square - hosting events like Carols by Candlelight.
- Greensborough Walk - providing better access between Greensborough Station, WaterMarc and Main Street, a venue for events and activities, and the location for new shops and offices currently under construction.
Investing in Greensborough
- An environmentally sustainable building.
- WaterMarc was purposely designed for offices to be built on top of it so construction will be relatively easy with little disruption to WaterMarc, surrounding residents and businesses.
- Bringing 320 Council staff together from three office locations - Ivanhoe, Rosanna and Greensborough.
- One stop customer service area with better facilities for planning, building, engineering and health enquiries.
- Increase in community meeting rooms.
- Completely accessible - complying with the Disability Discrimination Act.
- 2,200 square metres of commercial office space on the second floor providing a long term income stream for Council.
This project brings many other benefits including better facilities and access for the community, with more meeting rooms, a better customer service area, and increased accessibility; improved energy efficiency; savings, reduced duplication and improved productivity from collocating staff.
There will also be an Important and ongoing income stream for Council, and increased local job opportunities, from the 2nd floor of commercial office space that Council will lease out.
Council will retain customer service points in Ivanhoe and Rosanna, ensuring easy access for people across Banyule. Council meetings will continue to be held at Ivanhoe in the heritage listed town hall building.
Council has not raised additional rates or curtailed other infrastructure projects to fund this project, using existing reserves generated from the sale of Council owned properties in Greensborough and Rosanna, as originally proposed.
Relocating staff to Greensborough also paves the way for an $18.5m Ivanhoe community hub, which will bring improved and expanded community facilities, including significantly enhanced library services, meeting spaces, café and dedicated gallery.
A Car Parking Management Plan has been developed for One Flintoff to better understand and manage the impact of the Council and commercial offices above WaterMarc. This plan considers the existing parking supply and demand throughout the Greensborough Activity Centre, and provides direction on how to manage parking across the centre to provide the best outcome for all of the precinct's users.
To ensure short term parking remains available for visitors and patrons of Watermarc, the existing car parking Levels 3, 4 and 5 of the Carter Reserve multi-deck car park, and the ground level car park underneath WaterMarc, will remain available as short term parking. The new mezzanine car park underneath WaterMarc will be restricted to Council vehicles during business hours, but will be available for public car parking outside of these times. This level will include two new accessible parking bays.
New public car parks in Howard Street and Stubley Court, which will provide 81 spaces, are currently under construction and will be finished in December 2016. This will bring the number of free Council provided parking spaces in Greensborough to 800.
As this project progresses, we will be updating this page with information.