Downtown Cumming begins to take shape

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Let’s begin the New Year with the right foot forward.

I’m excited for Forsyth County’s continued progress on reviving downtown Cumming.

A voter-approved courthouse in downtown could bring a much-needed boost to our area.

I know a new $100 million courthouse is not really all that exciting at first glance, but this project is different.

The new courthouse will be built across from the current one on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The project also calls for a new detention center and is expected to be completed in 2015. Demolition on the current buildings begins later this month.

In October, Forsyth County Commissioners approved going with a "town green" concept for the design.

The new look for the five-story tall courthouse creates a large landscaped green space in the middle of the city.

This green space concept will serve as the entry for the building and as a gathering place for the community, which is crucial in Cumming.

The plans also call for two parking garages, which will likely help boost development to the area. Parking is usually a major concern for developers.

Right now, the only places locals gather are at shopping plazas and parks, but if the community could gather in downtown Cumming, it may inspire businesses to locate there, too.

With businesses opening in downtown, I see a vision that includes renewed life to this neglected area. A family going for a stroll as the sun fades in the background. Young people will have a place where they can share ideas and conversations.

And what about a lively bar and grill scene that serves locally brewed cold ones and offers outdoor seating for those beautiful Forsyth nights?

Here’s to wishing to a continued downtown revival. Cheers!