The City of Launceston council has taken possession of the newly developed car park at the C.H. Smith site.
Mayor Albert van Zetten was joined by developer Errol Stewart and state Treasurer Peter Gutwein for the official handover of 302 spaces on Wednesday.
The council-owned car park was developed by the JMC Property Group after a $9 million interest-free loan from the state government.
Alderman van Zetten said the council was expected to move its fleet into the new car park by the end of September, enabling it to open its current Cimitiere Street car park to the public.
“Almost 80 parking spots will be available to the public at the Cimitiere Sreet car park once the council fleet is moved in to the new C.H. Smith facility in the coming weeks,” he said
“That means an extra 80 car park spots will be available to the public within a short walk to City Park, and just two blocks from the CBD.”
The car park is part of a $30 million redevelopment of the C.H. Smith site, which Mr Stewart said was on track to be completed by the end of March.
Once redevelopment work is complete at C.H. Smith in February next year, spaces in the ground floor level of the C.H. Smith car park will be available to the public based on the same fee structure as the Paterson St East and West multi-storey car parks.
Alderman van Zetten said while the move will not impact the hugely successful Harvest Market, there would be a reconfiguration of the existing Cimitiere Street layout to accommodate the new Verge Hotel development.
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