By ERWIN CHLANDA
The space between the Todd Mall’s Uniting Church and the Yeperenye shopping centre, between the post office and the old Hartley Street School, may become a public park including a big screen area for events, a cafe, water play jets, climbing equipment, trampolines, a half basketball court, lots of grass and bushes (generated image at top).
But the trade-off may be a two or a four-storey carpark on corner Gregory Terrace and Hartley Street, opposite the Diplomat Hotel and Yeperenye.
The suggestions come from an Adelaide consultancy, Jensen Plus, hired by the town council for a fee of nearly $300,000.
The costs of the carparks are pegged at $19.5m (two level, 236 spaces) or $27.4m (four level, 351 spaces). Jensen suggests the council may like to seek a partner and investor.
The proposed car parks are illustrated in very small images in Jensen’s report, up for public comment until March 22, possibly because of their outstanding ugliness that would become a feature smack bang in the middle of the town, competing with that other monstrosity, as the Supreme Court building is frequently described.
The public may also seek an explanation why so much car parking is needed in a town that can be traversed in a bicycle in 15 minutes. The images are only examples but hands up anyone who’s ever seen a beautiful multi storey carpark.
Another proposal is allowing cars and bicycles in the Mall.
Historian Alex Nelson says: “If the…