Forsyth County’s Halcyon part of wave of suburban mini-cities

Phil Mays stands at the center of a sprawling construction site and points to a future food hall, a brew pub and rows of boutiques taking shape behind a curtain of trees along Ga. 400 in south Forsyth County.

Hundreds of high-end apartments — some geared specifically to seniors — will rise over a central common and will be flanked by a luxury CMX movie theater. Want to sip a beverage and stroll? That won’t be a problem. Forsyth officials approved an open container law on the grounds.

And all of it will be linked to the Big Creek Greenway, a popular trail that winds through south Forsyth, Alpharetta and Roswell. Halcyon endeavors to bring a taste of hot intown Atlanta neighborhoods and the Beltline to south Forsyth, a sea of quintessential metro Atlanta suburbia dominated by estate homes, fast-food joints and strip retail along the busy McFarland Parkway.

“Unless you are running around Inman Park, you can’t find this anywhere else,” said Mays, a principal at RocaPoint Partners, which is developing Halcyon with The Georgetown Co.

The $370 million project, about 30 miles north of downtown Atlanta, is part of a wave of mixed-use developments that outside-the-Perimeter communities hope will help to inject some intown cool in the suburbs. They’re also part of a broadening trend of bringing experiences and entertainment to a challenging world of brick-and-mortar retail.

Read more via Atlanta Journal Constitution.