CARPARKS opposite the Berri Hotel could be relocated next year if the council accepts an offer – set to be voted on tonight – from an independent party to help fund the redevelopment along the river front.
The Berri Hotel Group will move to assist the Berri Barmera Council extend ‘stage one’ of its river-front redevelopment, offering to fund 50 per cent of the additional works valued at approximately $432,000.
The council will also submit a funding application under the State Government’s Places for People Program to cover the remaining cost of the stage one extension works.
If successful, the additional renovations – which include redevelopment of the area between the western side of Ahern Street and hotel entrance – along with the already approved stage one development near the Visitor Information Centre and Vietnam Veterans War Memorial site will be completed next year, resulting in carparks along the river front being relocated.
Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton assured locals that the council’s conditions for the funding required the hotel to create more carparks behind the venue to compensate those lost along the river front.
“(The Berri Hotel) are going to create more carparks behind the hotel,” he said. “They’re going to extend the hotel carpark.
“What we’re saying is if they want those ones (at the front) to go then there needs to be more carparks created.”
Mr Beaton said the Berri Hotel Group owned additional land behind the venue that could be used for parking.
The council’s strategic governance and asset management committee will make a decision about the offer tonight during a special meeting, with recommendations that:
– Council accepts the offer from the Berri Hotel Group to support a funding application and contribute 50 per cent of capital costs for Berri river front precinct stage one extension.
– Council accepts the condition of the offer being that the hotel are involved in tendering works processes and that the completion of stage one works includes removal of car parks immediately opposite the hotel.
– The removal of car parks opposite the Berri Hotel as part of proposed stage one extension works is dependent on the completion by the redevelopment and extension of the carpark at the rear of the hotel to fully compensate for any loss of car parking associated with the project.
Mr Beaton said the council had been working in consultation with the hotel to develop the area.
“It is about creating a new and exciting space that will give access to the river in a good, public space,” he said. “We can have public functions because we can narrow the roadway.”
Carparks would still be retained in front of the Riverjacks Café and Berri Visitor Information Centre.