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A shot in the arm

Thursday, 1st June, 2017

Macs Oven Foods’ Marcia Lively said more trade from the new health complex would be most welcome, as long as parking was sorted out. PICTURE: Kara de Groot Macs Oven Foods’ Marcia Lively said more trade from the new health complex would be most welcome, as long as parking was sorted out. PICTURE: Kara de Groot

By Kara de Groot

Cafes in Argent Street are hopeful that the planned health complex development in Crystal Street will bring more business, but have concerns about parking.

The health complex, to be built on the corner of Crystal and Sulphide streets, will house a dentist, staff offices, a reconfigured ambulatory care wing, and child, family and community health services.

It’s believed it will create about 100 positions, which should see increased business brought to the city’s CBD.

John Perry, one of the owners of Alfresco’s Cafe in Argent Street, said he hopes to see a flow-on effect into local business once construction is complete.

“The only issue I have is about parking,” he said. “As long as they can sort out parking and there’s enough for normal customers and people who frequent the shopping strip as well.

“Parking is always an issue in this area.”

His thoughts were echoed by Marcia Lively, of Macs Oven Foods further down the street.

She said it would be good to have more customers but parking is a big problem.

“People park out here all day because they know the parking inspectors don’t look here,” Mrs Lively said.

“Parking is the biggest issue for small businesses on Argent Street.”

Ms Lively also said it was good to see family health services consolidated in one location.

It’s not known if the construction will have new parking for the site, although several adjoining buildings are in purchase negotiations and have the potential to be used for that purpose.

Charlotte’s cafe owner Tracy Battams said local business would definitely see an effect on parking availability if the complex doesn’t have its spaces.

She said she’s hoping to see more people during the development and after opening.

“When I took over the business at the end of last year the previous owner told me about it, and not long after that it was in the paper,” Ms Battams said.

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