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Cumming City Center: A timeline of the much-anticipated downtown project
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Renderings of part of the Cumming City Center.

The Cumming City Center is one of the biggest projects in the city’s history. Plans for the mixed-use development include restaurants, office space, an amphitheater, a miniature golf course and a new home for the city’s police department and municipal court on 75 acres off Canton Highway.

The Forsyth County News has followed every step of the development since plans were first discussed in November 2018. The following is a timeline of announcements, decisions by officials and other coverage.

Sept. 15, 2021: First tenant announced

Pieces & Peaches, a retail shop that features fashion-forward clothing and accessories, is the first tenant to finalize its lease agreement. Read the full story.

May 13, 2021: Groundbreaking ceremony

Officials hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the project, signaling it is in “high gear,” Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow said. Read the full story.

July 16, 2020: Sneak peek at mini-golf course

Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow posted pictures Thursday, July 16, 2020, of what a future miniature golf course at the City Center project could look like. Read the full story.

July 11, 2020: Monument sign

The Cumming City Council approved work for a new monument sign for the City Center, along with $15.8 million worth of other projects. Read the full story

June 29, 2020: Logos, buy-a-brick program

City Center logos are unveiled, and a buy-a-brick program is announced. Read the full story.

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The city center will be located on Canton Highway and will abut Forsyth Central High School on about 60 acres of a 75-acre plot of land. The remaining acreage will be developed by the previous owner for up to 85 townhomes, which will not be owned by the city, and used for walking trails.
April 16, 2020: Trail system gets grant funding

The city of Cumming will receive $200,000 in funding from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for a trail at the future Cumming City Center. Read the full story.

Nov. 19, 2019: $51.4 million bid for contractor

The City of Cumming picks a general contractor, Belton Properties of Flowery Branch, to oversee construction of the development for a bid of $51.4 million. Read the full story.

May 16, 2019: Movie theater plans revealed

Plans for a “Main-street America”-styled movie theater are unveiled. Read the full story.

April 23, 2019: City Center manager hired, project grows

Jennifer Archer is hired as the City Center’s manager. Plus, the city purchases an additional 14 acres to add to the project’s footprint. Read the full story.

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Crews work on structures at the Cumming City Center, one of several large developments that are coming to the city that Cumming Planning and Zoning Director Scott Morgan said would "create more opportunities to do things here." - photo by Kelly Whitmire
Jan. 18, 2019: Architectural design firm selected

The City of Cumming approved architectural proposals from Dwell Design Studio. Read the full story.

Nov. 15, 2018: Public reacts, mayor responds

Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow reacts to lots of questions and some criticisms after his City Center announcement. Read the full story.

Nov. 11, 2018: City Center plans announced

Initial plans and renderings for the City Center project are revealed to the public in a conversation with the Forsyth County News. 

A campaign promise of Mayor Troy Brumbalow, the City Center will be located on Canton Highway and will abut Forsyth Central High School on a 75-acre plot of land. The development is planned to have a classic “Main-street America” theme that will feature an amphitheater, a trail system, parks, space for businesses and restaurants; the Cumming Police Department and the city’s municipal court will also move to the development. Read the full story.