Shoppers struggling to find car parking at Green Hills can breath a sigh of relief with land released this week for additional spaces behind Pacific Smiles Dental.
Maitland City Council and Stockland Development Pty Ltd have signed a license to release land adjoining Molly Morgan Drive and the New England Highway at Green Hills for additional car parking spaces for contractors and their employees.
Green Hills business operator and Maitland councillor Bob Geoghegan said this was great news for the local business community.
“Businesses like my own are trying to police the parking,” Cr Geoghegan said.
Cr Ben Whiting said there have been a number of issues for Green Hills shoppers and the announcement of more parking should ease the situation.
Stockland Green Hills is now nine months into its $372million redevelopment and on schedule with the next stage of construction set to start on October 27.
The next phase of construction will require the closure of a number of stores including: Dusk, My House, KFC, Ali Baba, Phone Adore, EB Games, Mr Gadget and Muffin Break.
More than 65 retailers will continue to trade as normal during he next phase of construction activity.
Stockland Development manager Daviel Barbant said the company has undertaken similar large scale redevelopments at many of the company’s other shopping centres in recent years.
“We continue to apply everything we’ve learned to make this project run as smoothly as possible and while there are some dramatic changes to the centre we continue to work hard to minimise disruptions to customers and retail trade throughout our schedule of works.”
The following centre changes for the next stage of construction will com into effect from October 27:
. Relocation of Dan Murphy’s into their new store on Mitchell Drive.
. Opening of a new driveway entrance into the new Dan Murphy’s store.
. Relocation of the bus stop on Stronach Avenue, to be located in fromt of Jax Tyres, away from the new loading dock.
. Expanded excavation and demolition work off the western entry and car park.
. Closure of eight stores, relocation of two stores.
. Opening 100 new car parks at the rear of the centre near Two Mile Creek.
. There will be no change of access to the centre. Shop access remains via the undercover car park off stronach Avenue and Molly Morgan Drive.
The redevelopment is expected to be complete by April 2018.