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There goes the parking in Dickson as the biggest car park becomes a supermarket

By johnboy - 20 July 2012 31

block 21, section 30

To great fanfare this morning Andrew Barr has announced nothing much we didn’t already know.

The site for the second full-line supermarket at the Dickson Group Centre has been released for sale.

The site is the car park adjacent to Woolworths and the library. The development will also include the construction of an Aldi supermarket.

This project will help realise the vision that was outlined in the Dickson Master Plan, which has been enthusiastically supported by the community.

It will bring more places to shop, more parking and more residents to this very popular group centre, giving it a new lease of life.

The development will more than double the car parking currently available on the site, and will also include a residential component above the shops.

Many people have long complained about the lack of competition at Dickson, and a second full-line supermarket, plus an Aldi, will ensure that shoppers will have more choice.

The final winning bidder will be announced in February 2013. Andrew is promising “alternative parking nearby”, but we’re hard pressed to see where they’re going to replicated the biggest parking lot in the area that is right next to the Woolies.


UPDATE 20/07/12 15:38: The Greens are expressing concern about the pressure this will put on Northbourne Avenue. I for one plan to rat run through Lyneham to get there.

The Greens have welcomed additional supermarket competition in Dickson, but say this growth must go hand in hand with improving transit and housing down the Northbourne Avenue corridor.

“The Greens support another supermarket in Dickson, but this must be linked to fixing the congestion in Northbourne Avenue,” Greens Planning Spokesperson, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, said.

“A revitalised Northbourne Avenue will have a rapid public transport system to cope with the additional transport demands of more supermarkets. The revitalised Northbourne corridor will also, over the next 10 to 20 years, house the additional residents who will shop in the expanded Dickson retail centre.

“The funds the Government raises from this sale of land should be earmarked for public transport improvements along Northbourne Avenue.

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There goes the parking in Dickson as the biggest car park becomes a supermarket
I-filed 7:00 pm 20 Jul 12

Manual Xyrakis won’t believe his luck – parking at the Ainslie Shops is free, and his supermarket has just made room for expansion!

I-filed 6:58 pm 20 Jul 12

Dickson parking is much cheaper than Civic. I notice no guarantee that cheaper parking will continue in Dickson, from Mr Andrew “Hates Canberra Drivers” Barr.

c_c 5:58 pm 20 Jul 12

Thank goodness, the sea of carparks of old should disappear sooner rather than later. Dickson is such a dodgy, dated looking place.

davo101 4:23 pm 20 Jul 12

troll-sniffer said :

and as a bonus I get a range of less bogan-centric goods to choose from.

Yes, because it’s not like every shopping centre in Australia is now so homogenized that at times you can forget which city you’re in. Pretty much every shop that’s in Westfield Belconnen has a branch in the Canberra Centre, oh and one at Woden for good measure.

PS: nice troll.

troll-sniffer 3:55 pm 20 Jul 12

qbninthecity said :

meh whats the big deal? I live in Braddon and do my grocery shop at Belco no biggy

I can top that. I live near Braddon and do my shopping at Supa Barn, thereby not wasting not only petrol but also valuable time, and as a bonus I get a range of less bogan-centric goods to choose from.

nsn 3:39 pm 20 Jul 12

qbninthecity said :

meh whats the big deal? I live in Braddon and do my grocery shop at Belco no biggy

Congratulations!

qbninthecity 3:31 pm 20 Jul 12

meh whats the big deal? I live in Braddon and do my grocery shop at Belco no biggy

Jivrashia 2:56 pm 20 Jul 12

PantsMan said :

And what’s the bet there will be some nice ‘n’ expensive high-rise pay parking?

Well, somebody has to cough up the money. Double the car park space don’t come for free.

My money is on that the clock will start ticking the moment you go through the boom gate.

davo101 1:11 pm 20 Jul 12

johnboy said :

Well in a perfect world we’d build new parking first.

This was the original plan but as pointed out by the Shopping Centre Council this has been quietly dropped and I’m guessing it’s up to the bidders to come up with a plan to “magic” them in. Do we know if the call for expressions of interest will be public ie: will we be able to see exactly what will be required of the developer?

PantsMan 1:01 pm 20 Jul 12

Dickson! The place with two supermarkets!

And what’s the bet there will be some nice ‘n’ expensive high-rise pay parking?

p1 12:55 pm 20 Jul 12

johnboy said :

Or be honest…..

That’s crazy talk!

johnboy 12:48 pm 20 Jul 12

Well in a perfect world we’d build new parking first.

Or be honest that the parking is going to suck and the whole centre will take a hell of a whallop for years while we sort this out.

nsn 12:47 pm 20 Jul 12

Johnboy, are you really suggesting that because parking will be a bit of an issue during the construction of these two new supermarkets we should just stick with what we’ve got? Because personally I would take a longer term view – ie. a bit of pain in the short/medium term is worth it for some competition for Woolworths Dickson.

I’m not expecting anyone to be able to “magic” parking next to Woolworths out of thin air. But I don’t think that’s a reason not to go ahead with the development.

johnboy 12:38 pm 20 Jul 12

Andrew Barr has had this to say on Facebook:

    There will be no net loss of parking to the public during the development of the Dickson supermarket site, with alternative parking to be provided nearby. The Crown Lessee of the site will be required to implement a parking strategy, and develop and implement a temporary traffic management plan before construction starts.

    Which neither defines “nearby” nor magics parking next to the Woolies out of thin air.

p1 12:08 pm 20 Jul 12

The development will more than double the car parking currently available on the site, and will also include a residential component above the shops.

Forgetting for a moment the year or two it will take to build – how much of this doubling of parking is left after the resident of the flats above the shops, and the employees of the new shops, each park in their space?

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