QUEENSGATE carpark in Fremantle will be shut for five months from April 3 as part of the Kings Square Fremantle renewal.
Sirona Capital senior development manager Jonny Sheldrick said this was not the decision he wanted to make.
“With the issues the carpark had we wanted it to stand for the next 30 to 40 years,” he said.
“Currently the building is not unsafe but we want to do it properly so we don’t have to tear it down after 10 years.
“There are corrosion issues, the lifts needed to be decommissioned as they do not meet the current code.
“We need to remove all redundant and corroded steelwork and apply a protective coating.
“More LED lighting (will be added), 200 bike storage spots will be included in addition to numerous showers and toilet facilities.”
Mr Sheldrick said Sirona Capital is working with the City on the development.
“We could have closed the carpark as soon as we had the building permit,” he said.
“We kept it open over the Easter period for the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.
“Closing straight after that will allow us five months over winter to get it finished before the Christmas trading period.
“If it is a wet winter it won’t be great for recoating but we have allowed some buffer time to consider that.”
The project is expected to cost up to $8 million, which is estimated to be half the value of Queensgate carpark.
The unique colour scheme of the carpark will not remain and a new colour set is yet to be determined.
City of Fremantle director of city business Glen Dougall said the City was disappointed the carpark had to close for five months as this was not anticipated.
“The soon-to-be-opened 155-bay Cappuccino Strip carpark on the corner of Parry Street and South Terrace will help provide alternate parking,” he said.
“The Point Street carpark had this month come back under the City’s control and we have reopened the top level, adding 105 bays.
“ This is in addition to a temporary carpark recently opened at this location with around 50 bays.
“We’ve updated our online parking maps and will be refreshing our parking directional signage to make it easier for motorists find a place to park in Freo.”