A hotel/conference center is in the works off Ronald Reagan Boulevard that would serve as a complement to Northside Hospital Forsyth’s campus.
The Lynwood Development Group, a real estate development and investment company based in Marietta, presented plans to the Cumming City Council during its work session on Tuesday, June 4, for an eight-story hotel on 22.38 acres at 1600 Ronald Reagan Boulevard that would meet the hospital’s need for residential housing and a hotel, according to Woody Snell, the company’s president.
The hotel, which is being designed by the Atlanta firm Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, would be built in two phases, according to Snell, 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 would consist of a maximum of 100 hotel rooms and convert some surface parking into deck spaces.
Multi-family housing is also included in the plans, according to documents provided by the City of Cumming’s Department of Planning & Zoning. The development would consist of 336 one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 700 to 1,400 square feet in all-brick buildings that will be designed to create a “pedestrian-oriented environment” and provide “connectivity to the adjacent Northside development,” according to documents.
Amenities for the housing portion of the development would include a 10,000-square-foot luxury clubhouse with a fitness area, club room and kitchen, along with a 1,900-square-foot swimming pool and 3,700 square feet of deck area.
Another portion of the development could include 10,000 square feet of commercial space.
But the hotel and multi-family housing is the focus of the development, which is being done in close consultation with Northside. Both would address two major needs for the hospital, Snell said: more housing options to attract millennial employees, and a high-end hotel for families that need to stay long-term near the hospital.
“This meets exactly what [Northside] asked for and needs,” Snell said.
Lynwood Development Group is seeking to rezone the property from Highway Business (HB) to Planned United Development (PUD), and the city’s planning commission voted to recommend approval with conditions during a public hearing on May 21.
Lynwood has revised its plan since then, according to documents. The company increased the hotel size from six stories to eight and number of hotel rooms from 200 to 300. The initial plan also gave final approval of the hotel design to the mayor and City Council. That language is not included in the current plan.