The addition of Halcyon Forsyth is expected to have a big impact on Forsyth County this year but some wet weather has pushed back the opening to the summer.
Phil Mays, with RocaPoint Partners, the firm developing Halcyon, said the opening of the mixed-use development off Ronald Reagan Boulevard near Ga. 400 has been pushed back to this summer instead of March after a particularly wet 2018.
“Obviously, 2018 was one of the wettest years on record and 2019 has, for the first months, not been any better. There's no question that us, along with all other development projects in the Metro Atlanta, have been affected pretty heavily by the weather,” Mays said. “So we're targeting now a summer opening instead of spring just to try to get through all the mud and the situation out there.”
When approved in 2015, the project was expected to open by fall 2017 before being pushed back to spring 2018 then spring 2019.
Mays said the project is moving on and “nothing more than a matter of time at this point” but said no date was formally set for the summer opening.
“We really want to get a little bit further along before we would set an actual day,” Mays said. “Targeting summer, you would hope at a point we at least hit spring so that it would dry up some.”
The rain is not only impacting construction, Mays said, but “horizontal work” such as installing windows, running electricity and masonry.
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.
The first phase of the project 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.
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.
Mays said even with some delays for the project, he is hearing a lot of excitement from the community.
“No question about that,” Mays said. “As far as social media we’re on, for Halcyon Forsyth we have a pretty good interaction with the community. And so yes, there is a lot of excitement and people looking forward to it. I was just with a couple of shop owners today that are considering moving over there and they are really excited to be able to go there and experience the restaurants, retail and the Big Creek Greenway.”