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Birkdale-like project on town’s south side?

Developers concept drawing of work-play-live Town 1 community. /Courtesy Town of Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE – A developer is hoping to create a pedestrian-oriented development in a part of Huntersville primarily occupied by corporate buildings. Town 1 would offer housing, offices, retail, green spaces and more on the southern edge of town.

Treenail Development is proposing to rezone 70.5 acres in the northeast quadrant of the Hambright and Mt. Holly-Huntersville roads intersection from conditional business and corporate business conditional districts to four different business and residential zonings.

The land is directly north of a future Charlotte Area Transit System park-and-ride lot and along Interstate 77s’ west side near the Hambright Road I-77 Express Lanes direct-connect ramp so the developer is asking for transit-oriented zoning to support higher residential density.

Treenail Development wants to build 747 multi-family homes in 21 buildings on one side of a pedestrian village. The village will include 419,300 square feet of commercial space, including restaurants, retail space, industrial space, a seven-story office tower with Class A office space and a seven-story parking deck.

A Treenail representative said the development will be a work-play-live community with pocket parks and trails on multiple green spaces to provide a balance to commercial and residential space.

Principal Planner Jesse James told the town board during Monday’s public hearing that town planning staff supports recommending approval of the rezoning with a few small changes. Several residents spoke in favor of the proposal, saying they look forward to having amenities close to their homes.

The project is expected to create 850 jobs when completed, as well as contribute $500,000 in property taxes to the town each year.

In addition, NASCAR driver Joey Logano, a partner in the project, wrote a letter to the board explaining the project will include seven affordable housing units with the cost offset by a $500,000 commitment from the Joey Logano Foundation. He vowed to maintain the affordable housing for 15 years and said two of the five units will give priority to Huntersville first responders.

The Town 1 proposal’s next stop is the planning board.


Other matters

A request to rezone residential land on Babe Stillwell Farm Road for an outdoor storage business did not receive as favorable a response.

Town planners do not recommend approval of the rezoning as it does not align with the town’s 2040 land use plan. Multiple residents also spoke against the proposal, sharing concerns about trailered boats and RVs on the rural road.

In other business, the board discussed whether they could come to a consensus about the amount of a bond referendum for November’s ballot. While some commissioners agreed with staff’s recommendation to ask for $70 million in bonds, others said the amount should be lower. No decision was made.

The board also decided to move its June 5 board meeting to the Huntersville Recreation Center. The board is expected to hold a public hearing that night on a rezoning request involving 263 acres for a Lagoona Bay Beach Club project off N.C. 73. The hearing will be the first official presentation of the project.

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