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Developers unveil new Pinewood Forrest plans

pinewood.planPinewood Forrest developers wowed the media and special guests Thursday morning as they unveiled not only the latest visual rendering of what the 234-acre property will look like across the street from Pinewood Atlanta Studios, but also what their vision is for who will be served by the massive project.

While previous versions of Pinewood Forrest were similar in that they showed a mixed-use development that was commonly called a “live-work-play” community, this new drawing and concept is being called a “live-create-play” community offering:

• 1,300 unique residential units including single-family homes, micro-cottages, multifamily

flats, townhomes and tree homes featuring authentic materials

• 300 hotel rooms in boutique and all-suite hotels

• 275,000 square feet of commercial office, street level retail, and restaurants

• Over 15 miles of trails and pathways

• 118 total acres of public green space (approximately 51% of total site)

• Community gardens, pools, playgrounds and dog park

• Integrated wellness center

• Shared meeting spaces, offices and other amenities

• Designed with low carbon, efficient and Earthcraft/LEED features

Pinewood Forrest owner and “Chief Visionary” Dan Cathy, perhaps better known as President and CEO of Chick-fil-A, said Thursday that this new development will be unique and unlike anything else in the Atlanta area. He said it will be home to people of all generations, but he also said it will cater to creative people.

In recent weeks, many of Fayette’s elected officials stood together in support of building a performing arts center (PAC) at Pinewood Forrest with the idea being that Fayette County Public Schools would operate it but make it largely available for outside productions. While Fayette County commissioners withdrew the PAC project from its Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) priority list, Pinewood Forrest developers say they hope to see the PAC idea revived. Pinewood Forrest Project Director Bill Lynch said space is being reserved for the PAC for future consideration.

Read more about the new Pinewood Forrest project in Saturday’s print editions of Fayette County News and Today in Peachtree City.

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.