Construction of major county projects coming along

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Nearly everywhere you turn in Forsyth County, there is some form of construction occurring. From shopping centers to updates to the Big Creek Greenway, the county is booming. Some of the most talked about projects are currently in the works, so we rounded up information on where they stand.


Forsyth County’s very own mixed-use development, Halcyon, broke ground last year and is steadily making progress toward its goal of opening in 2018.

Halcyon, the concept of real estate groups RocaPoint Partners and The Georgetown Company, is a $370 million development off Exit 12 on Ga. 400.

Both land development permits and building permits for the project are under review for residential components, known as Elan Halcyon and Halcyon Active Adult. Both are being developed by Greystar.

In May, RocaPoint announced details about Elan Halcyon which will be a 300-unit luxury apartment community adjacent to the restaurant village. The development will also include 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness studio, resort-style pool, aqua lounge and internet cafe.

Halcyon Active Adult is a 55+ active adult rental community and will include 160 residences. The community will feature 12,000 square feet of resort-inspired amenities such as a resident clubhouse, pool and spa, demonstration kitchen, game room, theater room, fitness center and golf simulator room.

In total, Halcyon will include more than 500,000 square feet of office and retail space, a high-end movie theater, two hotels and 690 residential units.


German grocery store, Lidl is making its way into the American market one store at a time.

The store has a unique approach, offering “carefully curated selections that are top-quality and best-prices,” according to its website.

Currently the chain has two stores under review for land development permits and building permits in Forsyth County. One of the proposed sites is on Buford Highway near Haw Creek Parkway and Nuckolls Road. The other is near Peachtree Parkway and Bagley Drive.

The business operates more than 10,000 stores in 27 countries, including 10 in the United States in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. 

Beaver Toyota

In May 2016, Beaver Toyota broke ground on its new 130,000-square-foot location at 1875 Buford Highway.
Planned to open this fall, the project has already been issued a building permit, but has submitted revisions which are currently under review.

When opened, this will be the first new Toyota dealership built in the Southeast in more than five years.

In addition to the full-service center, there will be an outdoor area where customers can hang out or events can take place.

It sits along a stretch of road that is home to other car dealerships including, Kia, Honda and Nissan. 

Big Creek Greenway

The ever popular Big Creek Greenway is still in the process of being built. Phase 5 plans are complete, according to Assistant Director of Engineering Tim Allen and the county has started acquiring right of way.

Allen said the county plans to bid out the construction of Phase 5 early next year for construction.

The trail will extend from Kelly Mill Road along Johnson Road and cross Chamblee Gap Road to temporarily end at Ga. 20 near the water tank. When Ga. 20 is widened, the trail will be extended in the state right of way west to Spot Road connector.

The trail will run along the west side of Spot Road connector, turn left at Dr. Bramblett Road to the signal at Spot Road, turn right and run on the south side of Spot Road to the Sawnee Center.