$370 million mini-city Halcyon pitched in Forsyth County

Alpharetta has its Avalon mini-city. Soon southern Forsyth County could have Halcyon.

Developers RocaPartners and The Georgetown Company have acquired about 135 acres land at Ga. 400 and McFarland Road for a $370 million mixed-use community of residences, retail, hotels and offices called Halcyon. Source: RocaPartners and The Georgetown Company

Developers RocaPartners and The Georgetown Company have acquired about 135 acres land at Ga. 400 and McFarland Road for a $370 million mixed-use community of residences, retail, hotels and offices called Halcyon. Source: RocaPartners and The Georgetown Company

Developers RocaPartners and The Georgetown Company have acquired about 135 acres land at Ga. 400 and McFarland
Parkway for a $370 million mixed-use community of residences, retail, hotels and offices. The first phase, slated to open in fall 2017, will include a town center with retail, restaurants, a movie theater or entertainment venue and loft office space, according to a news release.

The project, including about 50 acres of devoted green space and trails, is a nod toward denser and more urban projects even in metro Atlanta’s suburbs.

Cities are attempting spur development within new or existing downtowns, including Sandy Springs, Alpharetta and Smyrna, and denser, urban-styled mixed-use communities have come into fashion in metro Atlanta in recent years. Among them: the Avalon project at Ga. 400 and Old Milton Parkway, Buckhead Atlanta in the Buckhead Village, the redevelopment of City Hall East into Ponce City Market and The Battery Atlanta, the entertainment district next to the Atlanta Braves new ballpark in Cobb County.

In total, the Halcyon project calls for 87 detached houses, 155 townhouses, 448 apartments, two hotels and 360,000 square feet of retail and office space, the release said. Developers are targeting an outdoor outfitting company, specialty grocer and full-service and fast-casual restaurants, the release said.

Monte Hewett Homes and Edward Andrews Homes will develop the for-sale residences on site, which will start in the high $400,000 range. and real estate services giant JLL will lease the retail and office space.

Construction is expected to start early next year. The first phase will tie into the Big Creek Greenway, a trail network that links Forsyth County to Alpharetta.

“Halcyon will be the front door to Forsyth’s Big Creek Greenway,” Patrick Leonard, principal of RocaPoint Partners, said in the release. “To that end, we have placed nature and active recreation squarely in the center of our design process. The magnetic quality of Halcyon’s setting and amenities will attract residents and visitors seeking to connect with this special place.”

Developers said in addition to the residences on-site, about 3,600 people live within a half-mile of the project’s commercial center.

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37 comments
rallo
rallo

good, now maybe the good people from Atlanta will GET OFF MY ISLAND!!!

Dave
Dave

So many words about where it is but no map. Same in the local paper.

The_Fury
The_Fury

And, as usual, even though people will live within a mile of the "commercial center", they will work downtown or in Henry County. Those who work in this Forsyth commercial center will live in Clayton County. The unwritten rule of Atlanta is that you must live & work at opposite ends of the metro area to create as much traffic as possible.

Bob Yall
Bob Yall

Gwinnett County #2.... thats funny but so true... You keep building apartments.... and all apartments eventually become transitional ghettos... I can point out dozens of "Nice" apartments that were built in Atlanta 20 years ago that are now gang infested ghettos full of crime and transitional folks with no education or potential to contribute.

Bob Yall
Bob Yall

More suburban sprawl.... more traffic on GA 400... this is not what attracts people to Atlanta but what make people like me want to move... in 10-20 years this city will be one big traffic jam caused by a bunch of developers who could care less.... no Greed is not good... 

Kevin Nelson
Kevin Nelson

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ToddBearden
ToddBearden

Is that guy that's walking the black poodle wearing loafers with no socks and jean shorts?  I have to tell you, I don't think you have a realistic idea of the population of Forsyth Co.  Cool drawing of a "mini-city" though.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

How many ways can one say FLOP? This is destined for a disastrous end before the first shovel touches the ground.

JaperJones1918
JaperJones1918

Y'all are typical suburbanites. You complain about traffic, but keep buying in these sprawling neighborhoods where you have to drive everywhere and then say - WHY IS TRAFFIC SO BAD? WHY AM I SO FAT? I GUESS I BETTER MOVE FURTHER out or vote these politicians out. BE the solution!


You want less traffic, get out of your car. This is POSITIVE development. What is ruining your community are these sprawling subdivisions with roads to nowhere that have dumb signs in the front of the neighborhood and then everyone has to use the same darn 4 lane road to get anywhere.


DENSE development is the way it USED to be, and the way it SHOULD be. You don't need a yard, seriously. It's dumb.


AND to the people saying why don't they build these kind of places in "Black areas". They do. It's called Atlantic Station, Ponce City Market, Lindbergh City Center, Glenwood Park, Edgewood Retail District, etc.

ToddBearden
ToddBearden

@JaperJones1918 , What are you talking about?  Have you ever left the city or know anyone outside of the city?  I mean, I'm sure you do, right?  Some people don't want this kind of headache in their neighborhood.  Some people need their yard.  They have gardens and grow their own veggies.  They have cows and other livestock.  Many people in Forsyth co. are like this.  They don't want the traffic or the dense development.  Some people's kids can even go in their front yard and throw the football and they don't have to go to central park or wherever to kick field goals.  They just go outside and start kicking.  They have their own space.  Not sure why you don't know about these people.  They are everywhere.

The_Fury
The_Fury

@JaperJones1918 Screw density. I want to get the hell away from population centers. Rural living/working is where it's at. Traffic jams are caused by farm implements.

stiffneck
stiffneck

Always money.  People of Forsyth should find officials that care about the quality of life and fire those who intend on destroying what makes the county a nice place to live. Vote them out!!  Really, they don't care.

stiffneck
stiffneck

The Avalon sucks.  Why repeat another multi-purpose disaster.  Forsyth has alot of road issues,  need to fire everyone is in charge and start over.  Can you say "another Gwinnett"  happening???

JDD69
JDD69

This is horrible news, and someone wants to know why this is not in black areas of Atlanta, you obviously do not watch the news in Atlanta. Where is the crime? All the carjackings robberies, holdups ? Open your eyes. Personally I think you can have the development. They are ruining the quality of life in Forsyth county and there is no one to stop these developers. I am not much longer for this area, time to move on Damn shame I really enjoyed my time in Forsyth.

LilRichie
LilRichie

We already have The Collection @ Exit 13 as well as The Avalon @ Exit 10. Why the hell do we need another mega-shopping center??!!!

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Forsyth County is a terrible place to start a small business, the regs and fees coupled with inaction by the departments are killers. The County only seems to be interested in Big Developers. I sold a small business in Forsyth last year and planned to build another one but after dealing with the County on permits and sewer tap fees, I decided to build in Dawson.  Goodby Forsyth 

Northmetro
Northmetro

Forsyth county is out of control.  If you want the Perimeter experience move to the Perimeter. There is no need to bring the Perimeter there.   The schools are overcrowded and the roads are a complete disaster.  Also, Avalon is only 2 exits away.  When is enough enough?


atlgreen
atlgreen

The Forsyth BOC will apparently not stop the continued development of the county until every last opportunity to find personal benefit from the development of the county is achieved. Follow the money is the old adage, and in this case I suspect that if one does it will in part lead to the doorsteps of the BOC's for the county. Given the current projects already underway and those in the works in the Forsyth all of the counties most positive and beneficial attributes will be destroyed or diminished by greedy politically motivated politicians and developers who care not an ounce for the quality of the life of the citizens of the county left in the wake once the profit has been made. This is not an argument against the free market but a call to action to preserve the very characteristics that make Forsyth County the high quality lifestyle that we currently enjoy. North Fulton has become awash in high population density, traffic and diminishing schools due to the same forces. Unless the BOC is forced to face an awakened citizenry and feel their positions are threatened they will not act responsibly.

MrFish
MrFish

Forsyth county is fast becoming the most over built and congested area in the metro area. Everything that many moved up here to enjoy, the current idiots in the local government are doing their best to destroy.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Oh boy more cars and traffic! Why not tax these cities to fund transit in the 400 corridor and to improve the arterial street system including more bridges without interchanges in the corridor?Just getting across SR 400 is a problem let alone getting on/off it.

ManfromMilton
ManfromMilton

Terrific, this will be a great respite for those of us wanting to escape Fulton county taxes!

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

There is a new subdivision going up every few feet in that area, I live on Shiloh Road and the whole thing is a construction zone.  Might need to think about moving further north.

MrFish
MrFish

@CowbellHell  you should go take a look at the other side of 400. I have never seen so much over building in my life. All with  no real plans to handle the traffic, no real plans for schools and no city planning besides buying greenspace from the good ol' boys at extremely inflated prices.

MTaggart
MTaggart

Why they no communities like this in the black areas of the ATL?

ManfromMilton
ManfromMilton

@MTaggart Because crime causes poverty.  Developers don't put money into building places where people feel unsafe and don't want to live. 

BLowE12
BLowE12

@MTaggart Probably because the community has not done it for themselves maybe???