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Developer planning massive shopping center by new north Forsyth Walmart
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NORTH FORSYTH -- A new multi-business development is slated to join a Walmart currently being built in north Forsyth.

The 23,000-square-foot first phase of development for what is being called Crossroad Shoppes at Coal Mountain should begin construction early next year and will eventually be followed by two other phases, including one across the road. The development is tied to the Walmart under construction on Browns Bridge Road (Hwy. 369), near Ga. 400.

“It’s an out lot adjacent to the Walmart parking lot,” developer Parke Day said. “We’re not sure which out lot we’re going to use for the second phase, and then a future phase will be on the south side [of 369.]”

The second phase will be about 16,000 square feet and the third will be 23,000 square feet, though the exact size will depend on clients.
Day said construction should be done by the end of 2017.

“We’re hoping to get started with the 23,000-square-foot [site] in late-February, March,” Day said. “We’re thinking it’s going to be a six- to eight-month construction period.”

No tenants have yet been announced for the development.

District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said, like the Walmart, the development was approved for zoning before her first term in 2013.

“I would love to talk to them about what the vision of the community is and trying to have a look or a feel,” she said. “But, I’m handcuffed because it was zoned in 2003 and they’ve gotten everything, I think, that they need; they haven’t come to me yet.”

Unless changes are needed, the matter will likely not come before the Board of Commissioners.

The new development is one of several new buildings coming to the area.

Walmart broke ground in June with an expected completion date of June 2017.

The store will be nearly 187,000 square feet and will include garden and auto centers.

The development will include 759 parking spaces, out parcels for other businesses and an eight-dispenser fuel station.

Once opened, the store is expected to create about 300 full- and part-time jobs. The average wage for a full-time, hourly staff member will be $13.90 per hour.

A new Ga. 400 interchange, which will become Exit 18, is also coming to the intersection of Hwy. 369. Work is expected to begin in 2018.

Also in 2018, Hwy. 369 is slated to begin construction on a widening project from Dahlonega Highway (Hwy. 9) to Keith Bridge Road (Hwy. 306).