Several dozen demonstrators came to Mirabell Palace on Thursday morning to protest against the planned expansion of the Mönchsberg garage. The green municipal councilor Lukas Bernitz from the “No to the hole” initiative demanded there again: “We need better public transport, we need more offers for cyclists and pedestrians. These issues are important now and not that even more drivers are driving into the city.”
It was also heard that after the failed attempt to obtain a citizen survey on the expansion of the Mönchsberg garage, thousands of signatures should again be collected in order to submit a request.
Economic viability of the expansion is doubted
At the same time, the supervisory board of the parking garage company primarily discussed the profitability of the 40 million euro project on Thursday. There were doubts here from the Green List of Citizens. Its supervisory board member Ingeborg Haller emphasized: “For us, that’s not entirely plausible. The current plans that have been presented are actually ten years old. That was only slightly adapted. In my opinion, this is not sufficient preparation for a construction project of this magnitude.”
ÖVP club chairman Christoph Fuchs, chairman of the supervisory board of the garage company, countered: “Yes, it’s a large area. Compared to the last major construction project – namely the station garage – it is a bit larger in volume, but about the same in terms of amortization and financing. Because the parking space in the Mönchsberggarage costs only half as much as in the station garage, because the interest rates are historically low. In addition, the company has become more profitable.” The expansion plans were approved with six to two votes in the supervisory board of the parking garage company.
The resolution for the 40 million euro expansion of the Mönchsberg garage in the city of Salzburg was passed with six to two votes in the supervisory board of the parking garage company. In front of Mirabell Palace, protests against the planned expansion were once again held.
Financing by short-term parkers
The expansion is to be financed primarily with the income from short-term parkers. At the same time, 60 percent of the 650 new parking spaces are to be reserved for long-term parkers. The aim is to get the squares in the city center, where residents of the old town are currently allowed to park with a special permit, free of cars.
Fuchs: “We will of course invite the residents to tell us where they want to park in the next one to two years. In the Mönchsberg garage you can park vandal-proof and have a permanent parking space. Then there is the Basteigassen parking lot, which we want to reserve exclusively for residents. Here the tariffs will be significantly cheaper.” In addition, there should be the possibility for some parts of the old town to park with a special permit in the Riedenburg. Resident parking zones are to be set up there, Fuchs continues.
Construction site start possible today
If the administrative court decides in the spring that no environmental compatibility procedure is necessary for the expansion of the Mönchsberg garage, work on the construction site at Kraut Hügel in Salzburg’s Nonntal district could begin today.