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Design team recommends Cumming parking decks

POSTED: December 7, 2012 12:04 a.m.

One of the biggest remaining design questions surrounding the new Forsyth County courthouse came into focus during a meeting Wednesday.

After reviewing three proposals, a project team studying the issue recommended building two parking decks downtown instead of one.

The proposal calls for a four-level deck with about 450 spots behind the county administration building, while a one-level deck with about 250 spots would be built at the corner of Maple Street and Castleberry Road, replacing an existing parking lot.

The vote was 8-0 in favor, with Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton absent.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said the two-deck option would reduce traffic congestion compared to a single parking deck plan.

“By virtue of having two separate locations across the block from each other, I think that would be more advantageous,” Gravitt said.

Project manager Joe Lee said traffic engineers will study the impact on city streets when reviewing the team’s recommendation before making a final decision.

The parking issue had taken on some urgency as an existing 240-space deck in downtown Cumming will be demolished to make way for the new courthouse, which is going in across from the current one.

Demolition of the buildings on the Cumming square is set for mid-January, after which temporary parking locations in town will include the lot near the Tyson plant, some spaces at the Cumming Playhouse and others at city hall.


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