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Construction begins on downtown Cumming parking facility
Parking facility is first of two to be constructed downtown

by Aldo Nahed

October 16, 2013

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Construction of the first of two new parking facilities to be built in downtown Cumming began Oct. 15.

The parking facilities are part of the new courthouse and jail project, funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VII program.

The first parking facility to be built will be located at the intersection of Castleberry Road and Maple Street.

Because of the construction, the number of available parking spaces in the lot on that site will be reduced.

Weekday, daytime public parking spaces are available at several locations near the County Administration Building.

Look for the parking spaces marked with a red dot in designated lots.

For those receiving a summons for jury duty, beginning with the Oct. 28 jury summons day, designated parking and shuttling will be available.

Parking will be available in a designated area of the Cumming Fairgrounds parking lot off of Castleberry Road across from the fairgrounds lot.

From this parking area, those summoned for jury duty may choose to ride a shuttle or walk to the County Administration Building.

The shuttle will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on jury summons days only for travel between the designated parking area and the County Administration Building.

Those summoned for jury duty should allow extra time in the morning and be prepared to show their jury summons to board the shuttle.

Construction of the second parking facility, located near the County Administration Building, is expected to begin in the spring.

The shuttle service will run every 10 minutes during jury summons day and will cost the county about $1,300 per day. The service will be used five days this year and a potential of 10 days next year, according to Jodi Gardner, a county spokeswoman.

General questions about jury service should be directed to the Forsyth County Clerk of Courts' Office at or 770-781-2120, ext. 3106.

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