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Future of former jail site explored

County owns 34 acres of Veterans Memorial Parkway

POSTED: March 13, 2014 12:05 a.m.

CUMMING -- The Forsyth County Development Authority will be looking into how best to handle 34 acres off Veterans Memorial Parkway that the county bought years ago as a future jail site.

Randall Toussaint, the vice president of economic development for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, told county commissioners Tuesday that less than half the property can be used for development.

It’s no longer needed for a new detention center, since the county is building that facility in downtown Cumming.

Toussaint presented the commission with two options for how the land could possibly be used. The conceptual plan was provided by Georgia Power at no cost, he said.

Both concepts include a 60,000-square-foot, three-story office building and accompanying parking.

One design then calls for two additional 80,000-square-foot office buildings, while the other would bring two 40,000-square-foot flex industrial buildings.

Toussaint said the latter proposal appears to be of more interest for the county’s business community.

The commission directed Toussaint to have the development authority request proposals from the business community to determine which, if either, plan would work and what officials would want to see happen on the property.

The site has sat unused since 2008, when voters rejected a bond referendum to build a new detention center and sheriff's headquarters there. The county bought the land for $7 million in 2007.


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