Car spaces for Ballina CBD
A PAIR of buildings in Ballina's CBD will soon be demolished to make way for a new 80-space car park.
Ballina Shire Council recently purchased two properties at 74 and 78 Tamar St, where the Tamar Arcade and Tamar Centre are situated, for $2 million.
"We've always got pressure on us to try and acquire more car parking," Ballina Shire Mayor Phillip Silver said.
"They did come on the market for what we thought was an affordable, good price, and will make very good use as a car park."
The car park will be an extension of the current 77-space Wigmore car park and Cr Silver said more car spaces will help revitalise and accommodate local businesses.
"The development of an additional 80 public car spaces in the CBD will help meet the need for future car parking generated by projects such as the new River St Woolworths supermarket, approved by council this week," Cr Silver said.
"The new Woolworths is going to be bigger, so that's going to increase people coming to the CBD, and any effort to increase parking in the long-term is a good move," secretary Glenn Costello said.
"If it's done properly it should be a good way of developing that whole Tamar St area."
Currently, there are buildings on both of the properties which will be demolished.
Planning for the development has already begun and construction is estimated to commence in six months.