Due Completion: 01 December 2023
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 Street Carpark is located at 13-25 Holtermann Street, Crows Nest, at the intersection of Holtermann Street and Willoughby Lane.
The Carpark 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 funding of a new urban park in an area that is earmarked for significant growth is an initiative that meets both Council’s and the community’s open space requirements for the St Leonards/Crows Nest Precinct that will accommodate in the order of 16,500 additional jobs and 6,700 new homes by 2036.
The lack of public 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.
The re-development of the Carpark 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.
Consultation regarding the project’s design will occur in three stages.
Functional Needs Analysis - tenants of the Crows Nest Centre and car park as well as occupants of adjacent properties have been asked to advise their functional needs for the new facilities. This information will inform the Consultant’s preparation of two design concepts.
Public Exhibition of Design Concepts - two concepts will be exhibited inviting feedback from all stakeholders as to the preferred option or preferred elements of each option. The feedback will be used to inform the final design.
Development Application (DA) - the DA will be exhibited in accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Protocol.
For more information contact Robert Esdaile, Engineering Project Manager on 9936 8100.
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