Costco plans move ahead in Cumming after uncertainty

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CUMMING, Ga. — It’s back on.

After plans stalled and construction was halted in the summer, a long waiting period of negotiations and much doubt ensued; but the wait appears to be over. The construction of the Costco Wholesale on the northeast corner of Bald Ridge Marina and Market Place Boulevard off Ga. 400 at exit 15 is expected to pick back up at the end of the month.

“We’re very hopeful that Costco will start building early this year,” said Emory Lipscomb, the attorney representing the owners of the property. “We are working through getting the grading work that we were doing. We were held up due to the tremendous amount of rain that we’ve had, but we hope that maybe even this month that they will take over and start building there.”

Lipscomb said Costco Wholesale will be handling the construction of the 148,000-square-foot building with about 650 parking slots.

“I hear from people everywhere that are so anxious to see that building open, and I am too, so we’re all looking forward to that,” Lipscomb said.

Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt said Costco will create about 150 new jobs.

Plans were first submitted to the city of Cumming last February, and construction crews began to grade the site. In May of 2013, Costco Wholesale received approval by the city for the sale of alcohol at its future facility, but by June, the negotiations were halted when the warehouse store giant told the landowner of the proposed property on Bald Ridge Marina Road it was “terminating the purchase agreement.”

News that Costco is going to move forward with its Forsyth County location was welcomed by dozens of Forsyth Herald readers, who shared and commented on a Facebook post.

Kimberly Barnes said she was, “Excited!”

“I hate driving to Windward, and I like that my sales tax dollars will now stay in Forsyth,” Barnes wrote.

James Trobaugh said: “Thank goodness, as much as I’m not looking forward to this next to my house, I’ve really grown tired of looking at the muddy mess that is there now.”

The $55 per year membership warehouse club has hundreds of locations worldwide including nearby Alpharetta and Buford.