Next year, Forsyth County will see a huge addition as the new Halcyon Forsyth project opens to the public. But first, builders will have to fight with winter weather to get it ready.
Phil Mays, with RocaPoint Partners, the firm developing Halcyon, spoke with the Forsyth County News this week about the upcoming mixed-use development and said he expected it to have a large impact on the community.
“I think, most importantly, it will be a place for people in Forsyth County to connect and to have an opportunity to walk on the Big Creek Greenway into this development that will offer all types of opportunities for entertainment, dining, spending quality time with friends and family in our green area, as far as the village green,” Mays said. “It’ll be a place where people can go and have a lot to do.”
Once completed, Halcyon will include 480,000 square feet of office and retail space, a trailhead for the Big Creek Greenway, about 230 homes, open space, 460 apartments, two hotels, a parking deck, a movie theater, office space, a dog park and other retail.
“A lot of restaurants [and] retail look out onto a common area so that families can spend time and people can hang out there,” Mays said of the green space. “Then also, there will be a large dog park that is connected to the Big Creek Trail across Ronald Reagan Boulevard.”
The first phase of the project, which will open in the spring, will focus heavily on the commercial and retail portions of the project and will be on the west side of Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The second phase will be on the east side of the road, and construction is expected to start next year.
“The vast majority of the retail is on the western side,” Mays said. “As far as what will open initially is a lot of retail [and] office space and the multi-family and [Embassy Suites] hotel will still be under construction … you don’t necessarily need the apartments open or a hotel for people to come enjoy the retail, the shopping, the dining, the movies and the trail.”
Mays said the restaurant portion was about 70 percent leased, and a number of restaurants have previously announced they would be coming to Halcyon including Cherry Street Brewing, Gu’s Dumplings and a trio of restaurants from Atlanta Chef Marc Taft, along with several others.
Single-family homes will be available on both sides of the project, though they will be developed by different companies.
“Both of those home builders will start building here in the next couple months,” Mays said.
After breaking ground on the project in February 2016, Halcyon is expected to open by March of next year. Mays said the specific date would be determined as work on the project continues.
“I think we’ll continue to take a look at how the construction progresses in relation to this winter weather and see how it turns out,” Mays said.
As the project comes closer to becoming a reality, Mays said he has heard a lot of enthusiasm from the community and expects the development to provide a lot of live, work and play opportunities for residents once finished.
“There is a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation and the community is excited to have an area that they can really call their own and connect with each other and have places to go to shop and eat,” Mays said. “It’s just a matter of getting it built out at this moment.”