£12m plan for 80 apartments and shops on Belfast's Lisburn Road
Around 50 new jobs will be created as part of a £12m plan to build apartments on Belfast's Lisburn Road, it has emerged.
A major planning application for 80 apartments on the site at 721-739 Lisburn Road in south Belfast has been submitted to Belfast City Council by Galgorm Properies.
The site is currently home to long-established businesses including healthy eating cafe Tony & Jen's, ladieswear shop Max Mara and a Kwik Fit tyre-fitting workshop and garage.
The current traders are expected to remain in place until next year - and some are tipped to take up space in the new development.
However, the traders who will stay on site when the development is fully completed have not been named.
The proposal is designed by Like Architects on behalf of Galgorm Properties. It brings three blocks of one to three-bed apartments, six shops looking out onto Lisburn Road, communal courtyards, a gym and car parking.
The developer said it's estimated that 50 jobs will be created during construction.
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Michael Martin, director of Like Architects said: "Like Architects are pleased to have worked as part of the development team for this high quality residential scheme on the Lisburn Road.
"This will deliver much needed homes on one of Belfast's main arterial routes as well as retail units on the ground floor." He said the companies had also carried out an extensive consultation with people living in the area before submitting the plans. Last week Lisburn company Amigo Developments held a consultation into its plans for a 30-storey apartment development in Clarendon Dock in the city.