How a new town tied to Georgia’s TV and film industry is rising south of Atlanta

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About 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, a multidimensional town is rising from former wheat fields, but it’s hardly a rudimentary mixed-use venture or oversized subdivision.

Two-hundred and thirty-five acres of former farmland in Fayetteville are being transformed into what’s been christened Pinewood Forest, a development that promises an eventual 700 new homes, 600 apartments, 300 hotel rooms, and some 270,000 square feet of commercial space with restaurants and retail.

With Pinewood Forest neighboring the hulking Pinewood Atlanta Studios film production facility, the project is slated to feature a high-end movie cinema concept—with what project leaders believe will be the first covered rooftop theater.

The development is now in Phase 1, which is projected to bring 166 houses and 40,000 square feet of retail space, as Pinewood Forest president Rob Parker told Curbed Atlanta on a recent tour.

Developers are in year two of what’s expected to be a seven-year endeavor. Eventually, it could yield a mini-city (technically, it’s part of Fayetteville, the county seat of Fayette County) fit for about 5,000 residents—1,300 front doors, Parker said.

The community would also feature 15 miles of multi-use trails weaving through cozy subdivisions and, of course, a forest. See more at Curbed Atlanta .

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