By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Here's the latest on the Coal Mountain Town Center
coal mountain
Commissioners also voted to amend the county's UDC to include design standards for the Coal Mountain Town Center in the Coal Mountain Overlay. Photo courtesy Forsyth County government.

Plans for the Coal Mountain Town Center no longer include an assisted living facility but will add more than 100 townhomes to the project.

At a Forsyth County Board of Commissioners work session on Tuesday, Aug. 9, a representative for developer Toll Brothers explained the reason behind the switch. 

When the developer sent out a bid for an assisted living facility, there was a “less than stellar response,” because the market demand for assisted living facilities has dwindled since COVID-19, he said.

The plan originally asked for 126 units of senior independent care, 300 multi-family homes, 109 townhomes and 278 single-family lots along with 77,500 square feet of retail space, 22,000 square feet of office space and 38,742 square feet of senior living with assisted living and memory care. The number of planned townhomes will now be 219.

District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said she wanted to include the assisted living facility so there would be enough parking spaces for the commercial part of the property.

But Mills said she had heard assisted living facilities were having a hard time hiring workers and didn’t want to create a space that wasn’t able to thrive.

Toll Brothers' representative said that by having townhomes and a linear park to connect the town center, it would keep the retail section alive and be a better asset for the community and that the commercial sector would include enough parking.

Commissioners previously approved initiating a rezoning process for 142.9 acres, but one piece of land will no longer be included. Commissioners also discussed amendments to the unified development code related to the Coal Mountain Overlay.

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the correction to the boundaries and site plan, as well as sending the proposed amendments to the unified development code to public hearing.

The Coal Mountain Town Center is proposed to sit off Browns Bridge Road and Dahlonega Highway, State Routes 369 and 9 respectively.