Construction has now commenced for the much anticipated Ferny Grove Central Development, with the official ‘sod turning’ taking place on Tuesday 27th July.
Minister Mark Furner MP (Member for Ferny Grove), Minister Mark Bailey MP (Minister for Transport and Main Roads), Julian Simmonds MP (Federal Member for Ryan – representing Minister Dutton) and the Peter Honeycombe, Director of Honeycombes Property Group (the developer) were present on the day to mark this landmark occasion.
This initial part of the development will see construction of the multi-deck carpark which is expected to take around 13 months to complete. The remainder of the construction will follow once this expanded carpark is completed and is projected to take a further 15 months (28 months of construction in total).
During the build, there will be a considerable reduction in car parking spaces available (reduction of between 326 and 188 car parking spaces compared to now). Rail commuters are reminded to plan ahead and perhaps consider other modes of transport or make alternative arrangements. For example, why not work from home, car pool, use public transport to the station or the buses, park at another station or walk to the station? The good news is that, upon completion of the development, commuter car parking will increase by more than 40%, from 973 spaces currently available to 1416 spaces available for public use.
Train and bus service timetables will not be affected during construction. Bus services to-and-from the Ferny Grove Railway Station are currently undersubscribed and do have the additional capacity required to meet increased demand. Translink monitors passenger numbers and are ready to increase capacity if required.
It is also noted that the popular Ferny Grove Markets, that take place every Sunday at the Ferny Grove Train station carpark, and will be largely unaffected. The markets will move to the unaffected sites of the carpark during construction. Upon completion of the multiuse carpark, the markets will then move to this area permanently. This will benefit stall holders and the community as the markets will then be able to operate in all weather conditions as there will be under cover area available within the carpark where stalls can be placed.
The Queensland and Commonwealth Governments have invested $20 million to expand commuter parking as part of the project. The project will inject $140 million into our local community and is projected to generate 700 FTE jobs once complete and more than 800 on-site and off-site FTE jobs during construction.
Ferny Grove Central is part of the Ferny Grove Transit Oriented Development at the Ferny Grove Railway Station undertaken by Honeycombes and MaxCap Group-led. Ultimately, Ferny Grove Central will become a mixed development, including cinema, retail, day-care, residential and expanded commuter access.
For more information about the development, visit www.fernygrovecentral.com.au