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Forsyth County is Planning to Build a Mini-City of Its Own

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A big hunk of urbanity could be coming to the rural reaches of north metro Atlanta in the form of another major mixed-use center, like Avalon but farther out in the boonies. RocaPoint Partners, in collaboration with Georgetown Company, has announced a mixed-use utopia named HALCYON to be located in Forsyth County off Ga. Highway 400 and connected to 40-plus miles of greenways, according to a press release from the company. Plans call for a $370 million development on 135 acres — or more than two-thirds the size of Piedmont Park.

HALCYON would include housing, entertainment (possibly a movie theater), 10 restaurants, loft office space, hotels, a fitness club, loads of retail and a "gourmet market." The AJC reports that construction could start as soon as early 2016, with the initial phase boasting a "town center" and tying into a trail network that links Forsyth County to Alpharetta.

So it's safe to add Forsyth to the list of metro Atlanta locales — Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek and even Cobb County's Braves complex — with mini-city desires.

· $370 mini-city pitched in Forsyth County [AJC]