Greater Shepparton City Council has commenced consultation with residents and business owners following a request to sell the Maude/Nixon and Edward Streets car park in Shepparton.
Council is currently inviting submissions from local residents on the proposal to sell the land for future redevelopment as social housing. It comes after Council recently resolved to consider the sale or gifting of the Council-owned car park following a proposal request from Beyond Housing and Wintringham. Both organisations are Registered Housing Associations with long histories of supporting vulnerable members of the community through a range of innovative housing and support services.
Although only at conceptual stage, the proposed redevelopment of the site would see the construction of a four storey building retaining the public car park at ground level, residents’ car parking on the first floor, and approximately 30 apartments on the second and third floors. Council proposes to contribute to the project by selling or gifting the land for an estimated value of $450,000. Upon completion, Council would take back possession of the ground floor car park land, and Beyond Housing and Wintringham would manage the residents’ parking and apartments.
As part of the proposal, Council is undertaking community consultation to understand the thoughts and concerns of nearby residents and the community regarding the proposed development. Consultation commenced on Friday 14 January and will conclude on Monday 7 February, with Council directly notifying all adjacent land owners and occupiers of land.
“Community consultation is an important step in the process and Council is looking forward to hearing the community’s views about the possible sale or gifting of the land,” Mayor Cr Kim O’Keeffe said.