09 Aug, 2015

Star Carpark Building Benefits From Council's Heritage Incentive Scheme

The Star Car Park in Adelaide’s Chinatown district has received $31,000 in City of Adelaide Heritage Incentive Scheme funding towards improvements to the 100 year old building’s prominent corner façade.

City of Adelaidelor Sandy Wilkinson said this was a great example of how the City of Adelaide can capitalise on its historic assets.

“Being able to contribute to the conservation of this historic building, located among other modern buildings and amenities that form part of the gateway to China Town, is a wonderful example of why the Heritage Incentive Scheme is so important,” said Sandy.

“Thanks to adaptive reuse of the lovely red brick heritage façade which enriches the Central Market and China Town precinct, the car park is effectively hidden, maintaining the integrity of this part aspect of the street-scape.

“In reality, this building could potentially have been demolished in the 1980s but instead, someone with foresight, sought to retain the now heritage protected façade and sensitively hide the car park within it, making it, in my opinion, the best looking car park in the city.

“Council now contributes a million dollars into our city’s cherished heritage through the Heritage Incentives Scheme which provides 50:50 funding assistance for restoration works such as the Star Car Park,” he said.

David Wong, who represents the owners of the Star Car Park on Grote Street, said the funding will make a significant impact on the building and the precinct.

“This funding really goes a long way towards the building façade’s much needed upgrade. Funding through the Heritage Incentive Scheme enables us to maintain some of the unique and beautiful aspects of the city for future generations to enjoy,” said David.

Commencing in 1988, City of Adelaide remains the most substantial local government provider of heritage grants in South Australia.

To date, property owners have been supported with more than $15 million in grants to help conserve the character of the city.

City of Adelaide offers free expert advice along with financial support to owners of eligible city heritage and historic properties.

To find out more visit cityofadelaide.com.au/your-council/funding/heritage-incentive-schemes-his/

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Rebecca Draysey