Alex Attwood plans to “transform” the northenside of Belfast city centre with an influx of regeneration projects.
The Social Development Minister’s plans include the creation of a website for the use of developers to declare their interest in unoccupied sites in the area.
Announcing details of his plans on Tuesday, the minister also aims to create a new public square at the junction of Little Donegall Street and Library Street.
“I am determined that Belfast will not be left behind when the upturn in the property market arrives,” he said.
“My department will consult with all key stakeholders and community representatives in the northside to take on board their views as we roll-out these initiatives.”
Along with a new public square, the minister will also commission a design for a comprehensive regeneration scheme for the gateway site at the junction of Carrick Hill, North Street, Peter’s Hill and Millfield.
The two regeneration projects combined will come at a cost of £160,000.
“These are initial steps towards attracting private investment into a part of the city centre that has been neglected and was badly hit during the troubles,” Mr Attwood said.
“The area holds the potential to benefit from the sort of investment we have seen in the Cathedral Quarter, Royal Exchange and the York Street campus of the University of Ulster.”