The application was submitted in late October and a preliminary zoning review meeting will be held on Dec. 4. McDonald will have an applicant work period through June 2020 before going to public hearings.
McDonald has previously developed and owns more than 725,000 square feet of industrial buildings in the county, which have been used by companies such as Honda finance, Barry-Wehmiller Designs, Scientific Games, Johnson Outdoors, ABB, Phillips Electronics, Rockwell Automation and Fry Reglet.
In documents submitted with the application, officials with McDonald said one reason for building the commercial portion is a “lack of new facilities available within the county have prevented numerous new employers from finding suitable space to lease.”
In recent years, county and business leaders have made a point to increase commercial developments in the county to bring new jobs and to increase the commercial portion of the county’s tax digest, which is intended to lessen the burden on homeowners paying property taxes.
The Orchards Group will operate the age-restricted residential portion of the project, according to documents. The active adult community developer already has five locations in Forsyth County and another currently under construction on Keith Bridge Road.