Plan to bury car park pleases the neighbours

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: The plans for the Berry-Worrigee streets car park will be sent back to be revised. The plan is to bury the car park, lessening its impact.THINGS are heating up in the CBD car park department following the release of concept drawings at Wednesday’s Nowra CBD Car Parking Development Committee meeting.Secretary of the Berry Court Owners’ Committee John Watts said he came away from the meeting with mixed feelings.“I do have a little confidence that the parking committee is starting to take us residents of Berry Court seriously,” Mr Watts said.“Throughout the meeting there was mention of Berry Court residents’ needs.“I hope they haven’t given me a snow job, and I don’t want the residents I represent to think I’ve gone over to the dark side but we have to get the best deal we can for the block.“And I honestly believe they are so locked in to this corner that I’m wasting my time pushing for them to change the site.“So for now I’m feeling pretty okay and I’ll take them at their word and we will look at other designs when they meet again in November.“I believe that scenario would be quite acceptable on many levels,” he said.Councillor Greg Watson, who was also at the meeting, said the plans which he believed had already cost in the vicinity of $20,000 to $30,000 were “going back to get more design work done, possibly another $20,000 worth, nothing’s cheap these days,” he said.“I made some suggestions at the committee meeting to mitigate the impact on the adjoining property.“I believe we should excavate the car park, I think about a three-metre excavation at the Berry Street end could have the effect of dropping the car park to one level above ground.“That would restore the views to those residential properties next to the site.“It would add slightly to the cost. If the currently rule of thumb says a three level car park costs about $8 million, if you excavate it I imagine it would be reasonable to assume it could a another $1 million.“But at the end of the day we’ve got no right to walk over the top of people.“As an interim measure we are going to reconfigure and re-line the Berry Street car park.“By going to the all-day Australian standard, we might get about 20 more spaces, maybe more.“If we go around the car parks and look at knocking out concrete islands and relining we might end up with another 100 spaces.“We’ll be spending some of the Section 94 contributions to do that reconfiguration,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.