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The city of Cumming wants to hire a manager for its city center project
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An architectural rendering for the planned Cumming city center.

A city of Cumming group has taken the first step toward hiring a new manager for the planned Cumming City Center.

On Monday evening, the Downtown Development Authority held a brief meeting and members approved a resolution to hire a city center manager. City Administrator Phil Higgins said after the meeting that the resolution gave the Cumming City Council the authority to move ahead with the hiring process.

Higgins said a manager is needed as the project is still being developed, and the city wants the manager involved from the beginning.

Mayor Troy Brumbalow announced plans for the city center last year.

The city center will be located on Canton Highway and will abut Forsyth Central High School on about 60 acres of a 75-acre plot of land. The remaining acreage may be developed by the previous owner for up to 85 townhomes, which will not be owned by the city, and used for walking trails.

The development will feature an amphitheater, miniature golf, walking trails, park, space for businesses and a lake with a fountain.

Across Canton Highway, about 14 acres will also be donated to the city and will include other walking trails.

Forsyth Central and the city center will share a parking lot located northwest of the school’s football stadium.

Though the center will largely be green space and businesses, the Cumming Police Department and the city’s municipal court will also move to the development.

Plans show the park will be near the amphitheater, which will likely be used for Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, concerts, plays and other performances, and will include a new veterans memorial amid issues with the current monument on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.