PLAYFORD Council’s new $7.4 million central business district (CBD) car park is beginning to take shape, 12 months after plans for the site were initially announced.
Construction is well under way on the six-storey structure, which has been earmarked as a key pillar of the Elizabeth CBD project.
The facility will create up to 360 car parking spaces and service the soon-to-be -constructed Playford Ice Arena and Playford Hotel.
Council has contributed $5.9 million towards the total cost of the project, raised through the sale of council land, while the State Government has contributed a further $1.5 million.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said plans are firmly in place to create a walkway, over Philip Highway, to give residents direct access from the car park to the $40 million ice arena facility.
“As the final designs will come through in relation to the ice arena, there will be an overhead connecting walkway,” he said.
“So, you’ll be able to park your car in the car park and move over into the ice arena.”
Mr Docherty said the old car park, which existed on the CBD site, has been recommissioned to help create a “new paradise” in the heart of Elizabeth.
“We’re seeing the CBD vision and the economic transformation of Playford happening right before our eyes,” he said.
“As the song goes, ‘we’ve paved paradise to put up a parking lot’, but what we’ve done (in Elizabeth) is ripped up a car park to create a new paradise.”
Mr Docherty said the ongoing CBD project development has helped the local region move on, following the closure of the Elizabeth Holden manufacturing plant in October last year.
“With all the other development happening here, it really is creating a new vibrancy and I think it’s helped us transition post the closure of Holden,” he said.
“It shows there is a lot of confidence when private developers are looking to build $40 million ice arenas and $50 million hotels.
“This is private developer money, which is helping create new jobs, and vision, in the community.”