The redevelopment of the Holtermann Street car park site, that adjoins the Crows Nest Community Centre, is to deliver a new contemporary multi-storey underground carpark accompanied by a new public park, located on top of the carpark.
The proposed elements to be included in the project design are:
new 207 space (minimum) multi storey underground carpark;
new 1,500m2 (minimum) public park;
new children’s (all abilities) playground;
new kiosk/café and outdoor dining area incorporated into the park;
new building interface and facade design to the north face of the Crows Nest Centre;
refreshed and upgraded public amenities within the Crows Nest Centre;
incorporation of the existing Crows Nest Centre’s community facilities, services and operations within the overall design;
new building interface to the northern façade of the Community Centre;
new pedestrian through site link between Holtermann Street, the new park and Ernest Plaza; and
new opportunity for a public art space and heritage/historical interpretive elements.
On 25 October 2021, Council endorsed the: Draft Holtermann St Carpark design concepts (130MB)
There are three stages to the project’s design consultation:
Functional Needs Analysis - tenants of the Crows Nest Centre, car park and occupants of adjacent properties were asked to advise their functional needs for the new facilities. This information informed the Consultant’s preparation of design concepts.
Public Exhibition of Design Concepts - three concepts were publicly exhibited inviting feedback (closed 28 February 2022) as to the preferred option or preferred elements of each option. The feedback will be used to inform the final design. All submissions are being collated and analysed and will be be reported to Council. View the public exhibition and community consultation.
Development Application (DA) - the DA will be exhibited in accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Protocol.
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This project has been enabled through the St Leonards/Crows Nest 2036 Plan announced in August 2020, which included an initiative to underground the Holtermann Street Car Park, to create more public open space via a new at-grade urban park.
The Holtermann St car park is located at 13-25 Holtermann Street, Crows Nest, at the intersection of Holtermann Street and Willoughby Lane.
This car park was built in 1983 as part of the Crows Nest Community Centre development. An additional parking level and lift was installed in 2008. Since that time there has been no significant additions or alterations to the carpark.
The new urban park, proudly funded by the NSW Government, is in an area that is earmarked for significant growth is an initiative that meets both Council and community open space requirements for the St Leonards/Crows Nest Precinct that is to accommodate in the order of 16,500 additional jobs and 6,700 new homes by 2036.
The potential opportunities for open space in Crows Nest is acknowledged in the 2036 Plan which identifies 12.7 hectares of public open space of various types in the precinct. The expected population within this precinct is approximately 30,000 people. This approximates to a relationship of 0.4ha per 1,000 people which is well below the standard ratio and provision for open space in Sydney, which is 2.83ha/1,000 people.
The precinct falls well short of this and needs more public open space given the significant growth planned.
Proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with North Sydney Council.
For more information contact Robert Esdaile, Engineering Project Manager on 9936 8100.