The Cumming City Center hit another milestone this week as the city council approved a new general contractor for the project.
City Council members voted unanimously to award proposal to Beltan Properties of Flowery Branch, which beat out four other firms.
Members of the council had few questions or comments about the proposal but did ask City Attorney Kevin Tallant if he had drafted the contract, which he said he had with minimal changes to language and insurance requirements.
“They requested that they also be able to request mediation in the case that there is a dispute between the city and contractor,” he said. “I don’t have any concerns with either of those, otherwise it’s pretty much untouched.”
According to documents, Beltan’s proposal had a total cost of construction plus general contractor’s fee of $51.4 million for eight outparcels, a municipal building, parking deck, site development and landscaping, along with “two additional outparcels for which plans are not yet complete.” Officials with Beltan estimated the two outparcels to cost about $150 per square foot.
Construction is expected to take 108 weeks.
The bid excludes any monument signs or “payment or performance bonds,” and “any onsite utilities, job trailers, clean up, sanitation or equipment rental will be billed as a direct cost” to the city.
Beltan is involved in a number of current upcoming projects including a retail, warehouse and office project for $8 million for townhomes in New Holland, a $28 million apartment project and a $10 million condo project.
The company was selected over bids from Reeves & Young, Derucki Construction Company, Cooper & Co. General Contractors and Balfour Beatty.
The city center will be located on Canton Highway and will abut Forsyth Central on a 75-acre plot of land. The development is planned to have a classic “Main-street America” theme that will feature an amphitheater, a trail system, parks, a lake with two fountains, green spaces and 117,000 square feet of space for retail, restaurants and offices.
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 into a 15,000-square-foot building.
Construction is expected to begin next spring and the city center is slated to open August of 2021.
This article has been edited from its original version.