A new grocery store and large-scale development are coming to north Forsyth.
At a meeting on Thursday, Forsyth County Commissionersvoted unanimously to approve a county-initiated request to rezone 119 acres northeast of the intersection of Matt Highway (Hwy. 369) and Bannister Road from commercial business district, CBD, and master planned district, or MPD, to fully MPD for a development including a Publix grocery store as the main tenant.
“Publix is the lead tenant here,” said Charlie Heard, vice president of development for Retail Planning Corporation. “We’ve got interconnectivity we’ve added in the last couple of days. We’ve got one connection via a 10-foot sidewalk, and today we agreed to add another 10-foot sidewalk that connects another of the portion of the residential subdivision to the commercial portion.
“I’ve been in this business 35 years; if there ever was a property that was truly a mixed-use development, this property is it.”
Though Tuesday’s meeting focused on the commercial component of the development, there is also a residential component planned by Ashton Woods Residential on about 94 acres of the total development.
The Publix will be a 48,387-square-foot development and willbe part of a 90,000-square-foot shopping center. The commercial development is expected to open by early spring 2020.
The original zoning for the property dates back to 2004 and variances were needed due to the different standards since the original zoning.
“We’ve been working with the county for the past six months to bring a commercial component forward,” Heard said. “We’ve had to design this under three different ordinances: you’ve got the Forsyth County [unified development code]; you’ve got the large mixed-box [store] UDC; and you’ve got the Coal Mountain Overlay.”
Several restaurants have expressed interest in the location, including J. Christopher’s, Pizza Hut and Dunkin’ Donuts.
Other work needs to be done on the site, including adding a lane on Bannister Road and Matt Highway.