HUNTERSVILLE – A 52-home retirement community developed by EPCON Homes and Communities could be on its way to Huntersville.

The town board held a public hearing during its Nov. 4 meeting to discuss the feasibility of adding a retirement community, which drew mixed reviews.

The 16.76-acre project, named Courtyards of Huntersville, would be located off N.C. 73 near Blythe Landing Park and Terry Lane.

Two residents spoke in favor of the project at the meeting, along with EPCON Civil Engineer Todd Pomorski.

“Adding a community like this would give some money to the community, and it wouldn’t add to our crowded schools,” Keller-Williams representative Lisa Smith said. “It’s a win-win for them and for our community. I think it’s time for us to have another retirement community.”

Pomorski fielded questions from commissioners about the lack of roads in Courtyards of Huntersville’s proposal. Only one access point would come in and out of the community if it’s approved by the board and built as it was submitted.

Houses in Courtyards of Huntersville would range in size from 1,500 to 3,300 square feet of space. They’ll include two-car garages.

Huntersville staff opted not to recommend moving forward with the project, due to the traffic concerns and the community’s lack of compatibility with the town’s 2030 plan.

Commissioners will vote on it next month.

EPCON, an Ohio-based company, is also developing communities in Mooresville (Courtyards at Brawley, a 30-home community off Brawley School Road) and Cornelius (Courtyards at Jetton, a 25-home community off Jetton Road).

Town planning board member Dan Boone asked the company during its Sept. 30 public meeting whether a left-turn lane on N.C. 73 will be required for the community. According to EPCON, the N.C. Department of Transportation requires a left-turn lane if the project is built.

The age-restricted community would be available to those 55 and older.