During a visit to the Hawthorn Housing Co-operatives' £1.6m housing development at Fruin Street, Possilpark, the minister met representatives of the co-operative and other organisations involved in the project and opened the co-operative's 29 new build houses.
Mr Robertson also cut the first turf of Hawthorn's second new build scheme at the adjacent 'TOFFS' site, and also presented the co-operative with a Premier Gas Award for the first development.
'This project of 29 houses at Fruin Street is the first new build housing to be provided in this part of Possilpark for many years and is an example of the positive role residents can play in improving their own housing environment and of the contribution they can make to regeneration,' Mr Robertson said.
'The investment within the Hawthorn community has enabled housing to be improved to provide a variety of quality accommodation to meet a range of existing and projected housing needs within Possil.
'I am pleased to announce that work will start immediately on the development of a further 46 units for rent in the 'TOFFS' area.'
These projects in Possilpark provide a variety of quality accommodation to meet a range of existing and projected housing needs within the Possil area. The two projects cost a total of £3.8m, which includes grant of £3m from Scottish Homes and clearly demonstrate what can be achieved when local housing organisations work in partnership.
The successful regeneration of parts of north Glasgow is one of the biggest challenges facing Urban Regeneration in Scotland and the partners of The Glasgow Regeneration Alliance - Scottish Homes, Glasgow Development Agency and the existing local authorities.
There have been notable successes to date, including the renewal of Springburn and its increasing popularity among house buyers Much remains to be done in areas such as Possilpark, and the Hawthorn projects are an example of the hard work being carried out to overcome the problem.
Hawthorn Co-operative, a landlord run by a management committee of local people is playing a key role in transforming its community and has grown from modest beginnings in the mid 1980's.
The start of this latest project will lead to the Co-op owning 300 houses in the area.