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Forsyth County government officials agreed to look into a potential new facility for meetings and performing arts.

Commissioners directed County Manager Doug Derrer to check with companies that perform studies on art centers for information on such a facility in the county. Once Derrer has that information, commissioners will discuss it at a future work session.

“In our [comprehensive] plan, it came up that we needed to look at arts centers or cultural arts buildings,” District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said. “I thought that it would be good for us to look at a study.”

Derrer said one possible company is Jacobs Engineering, one of the firms working on the update to Forsyth County’s 20-year future development plan called Foster Forsyth.

During the discussion, a possible facility that could house graduations for the county high schools was discussed, but it did not move forward. Local high schools – except Forsyth Central High – host their graduation ceremonies at the Infinite Energy Arena in neighboring Gwinnett County.

Mills said the study needs to be done “to know what size building would a community like ours support.”

The need for a community arts center or civic center has also been raised at meetings for the comprehensive plans of the city of Cumming and the county parks department.

No action was taken at the meeting.