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Work continues on parking lot for new Forsyth County Jail

CUMMING — The former Forsyth County Detention Center has been razed, but the project to replace it with a parking lot for the new jail is expected to last at least another month, officials say.

According to Jodi Gardner, the county’s director of communications, the work in downtown Cumming likely will be finished by January if the weather cooperates.

Crews are currently grading the site of the former jail and removing excess dirt. They are also setting the base for the parking lot.

The new jail opened in September and the old one was demolished the following month. A permanent storm water line also has been installed in the area where the building sat.

The temporary water line in place between completion of the new jail and demolition of its predecessor caused some headaches earlier this year. During a couple periods of heavy rain, East Maple Street between the new jail and courthouse flooded.

The jail and courthouse projects, as well as the parking effort, were funded with the first $100 million from the extension of a special 1-cent sales tax program voters approved in 2011.