ILEX boss Mel Higgins wants people to tell the company what they want in Ebrington as it progresses a development framework and aims to achieve outline planning permission for the whole site by the Summer of 2014.
Plans already mooted are a hotel in the Clock Tower and a bar and restaurant in the currently grass clad Cunningham Building.
This morning Social Development (DSD) Minister Nelson McCausland said private investors are also being courted in a bid to keep The Venue going.
The Interim Chief Executive of Ilex explained: “A development framework for the 26-acre site is currently under way to ensure sustainable development in the short, medium and long term.
“Ebrington will seek to attract inward investment and offer a variety of economic, social and cultural benefits, whilst being carefully integrated with the city’s One Plan, which forms the basis for future development in the city.
“We’re therefore keen to engage with local community groups, residents, businesses and individuals, to hear their ideas, and address any concerns they may have.”
On Thursday, September 26 Ilex is meeting businesses and stakeholders and on Friday, September 27 it’s inviting the public to come along to St Columb’s Park House any time between 12.30pm and 7.30pm.
The second phase of consultation will commence in November, after which an outline planning application for the entire site will be submitted in January 2014.
Emphasising the importance of the public’s involvement, Mr Higgins added: “We are seeking the views of everybody in the city, and those that are unable to attend this week’s events can provide their views on the Ilex website, Facebook and Twitter pages, or by contacting Laurence McCullagh at Ilex.”