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Near future Cumming City Center, developer wants to build cluster of townhomes
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Renderings for townhomes that Core Development Group, LLC, wants to build at 330 Canton Highway.

Just down the street from where crews are clearing land for the future Cumming City Center, a property owner wants to add some townhomes to the mix.

Core Development Group, LLC, has applied with the city of Cumming to rezone 7.9 vacant acres at 330 Canton Highway from highway business district (HB) to multiple family residential district (R-3).

Core Development Group, LLC is owned by Emory Lipscomb, a prominent zoning attorney in Forsyth County with Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP. According to Forsyth County property records, Lipscomb purchased the land in 2015 for $120,000.

Plans call to build 47 two-story, three-bedroom units with one- or two-car garages along a thin strip of undeveloped land between Canton Highway and the Brookside Heights Apartments.

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Core Development Group, LLC, wants to build a cluster of townhomes along a thin strip of undeveloped land between Canton Highway and the Brookside Heights Apartments, seen in the background during construction in 2018. (GoogleMaps)
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Core Development Group, LLC, wants to build a cluster of townhomes along a thin strip of undeveloped land between Canton Highway and the Brookside Heights Apartments. (GoogleMaps)
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Plans from Core Development Group, LLC, call to build 47 two-story, three-bedroom units with one- or two-car garages along a thin strip of undeveloped land between Canton Highway and the Brookside Heights Apartments.

The application sought five variances for the development, including:

● reducing the minimum lot size from 12,500 square feet to 2,400 square feet;

● reducing the minimum lot width from 70 feet to 24 feet;

● increasing the minimum lot coverage from 25% to 50%;

● reducing the minimum front yard setback from 25 feet to 8 feet;

● and reduce the minimum side yard setback from 10 feet to 0 feet between attached units.

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Renderings of townhome designs for Core Development Group, LLC's proposed project.

According to city officials, the proposal will come before the city’s planning commission on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and the Cumming City Council on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

If approved, the development would add more housing across from the Cumming City Center, the ambitious 75-acre project aimed at infusing the downtown area with retail, restaurants, office space, a movie theater and an amphitheater.