Cumming city officials approved plans for a mixed-use development that would transform the area around Northside Hospital Forsyth.
The Cumming City Council approved an application by Lynwood Development Group to rezone 22.38 acres at 1600 Ronald Reagan Boulevard from highway business (HB) to planned unit development (PUD) at Tuesday’s work session.
The rezoning is part of a plan to create a development centered around an eight-story, 300-room hotel and conference center, along with 336 multi-family residential units. Another portion of the development could include 10,000 square feet of commercial space.
The request was approved by a vote of 4-0, with Councilmember Christopher Light recused.
The hotel, which is being designed by the Atlanta firm Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, would be built in two phases, with a first phase to include 200 hotel rooms, a 15,000-square-foot ballroom and 7,500 square feet of meeting rooms.
The second phase will add 100 hotel rooms and convert some surface parking into deck spaces.
The residential portion of the development would create a “pedestrian-oriented environment” and provide “connectivity to the adjacent Northside development,” according to documents previously provided by the city’s Department of Planning and Zoning.
The multi-family housing would consist of 336 one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 700 to 1,400 square feet in all-brick buildings. The community would also feature a luxury clubhouse and swimming pool.
The development is being done in close consultation with Northside. The hospital hopes the housing will attract millennial employees and the hotel will provide families that need to stay long-term with a “high-end” option.
The city agreed to the plans with 16 conditions, including one recently added that requires Lynwood Development Group to pay $1,250,819 in impact fees when it obtains a land-disturbance permit when it begins construction for the hotel.
The condition also requires Lynwood to pay any additional impact fees if required.