GEOCON answers call for more public parking in Braddon

20 January 2017

Braddon is the lifestyle hub of Canberra, renowned for its thriving café culture and nightlife.

At the heart of the precinct is Lonsdale Street – a bustling stretch of restaurants, bars, cafes and boutique stores.

Already a hive of activity, Braddon is about to get a whole lot busier with new developments sprouting up across the suburb.

This is great for the growth of the city, but it does raise concerns about the lack of parking in Braddon (and more broadly in the city).

It is already difficult enough to find a park in Braddon on a week night, let alone during peak times on the weekend.

GEOCON recently conducted a poll to ask whether people think there is enough parking in Braddon. Not surprisingly, 87 per cent of respondents answered no.

Parking around the city has been topical for quite some time.

In 2015 Canberra CBD Limited commissioned a survey that invited Canberra residents to have their say on things that could be improved within the CBD (Read the results here). Parking was a common theme among the feedback provided and for many people, was a key factor behind why they didn’t visit the CBD as often as they would like.

Community groups have also voiced their concerns of the parking situation, calling for the government to address the issue. In 2015, the Braddon Forum told The Canberra Times “At some stage, the government is going to have to address the lack of parking in the Braddon area, with the way the residential are proceeding” (click here to read the full story).

As one of the developers set to make its mark on Braddon, GEOCON recognised the importance of a solution to ensure the development didn’t exacerbate the parking issue.

Last week, GEOCON unveiled ‘Midnight’, a new mixed-use precinct on Northbourne Avenue that will incorporate residential apartments, a hotel and 2500m2 of ground floor commercial space.

GEOCON General Manager Development, Peter Micalos, who is a local Canberra resident, understands that parking has been a concern within the community for many years.

“Most of us would have had trouble finding a park in Braddon at some point,” he said.

“Midnight is all about the inner-city lifestyle, being close to cafes and bars. We want Midnight to be accessible not just for residents but to people travelling from outer suburbs.

“That’s why in the early stages of planning and conceptualisation for Midnight, our intention was to always incorporate a solution into the design. One of the core features of the development will be a three-level basement car park, of which 200 are public parking spaces.”

Construction of the $185 million development will commence mid-2017, with market release anticipated next month.

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