Phil Frankhauser just knew, even before he walked into a roomful of stone-faced residents in this generally anti-development north Mecklenburg municipality. The principal partner of the Columbus, Ohio-based Epcon Communities knew, even though he was greeted in the hallway on that Nov. 29 evening by fliers bearing two red traffic signs: “STOP Epcon Communities” and “WRONG WAY for Cornelius.”
Developer Jake Palillo of Bluestream Partners, the group behind the Bailey Forest project, said he figured it was inevitable that the town's Board of Commissioners would reject the project.
Atlanta-based Epcon Communities plans to develop a new 55-and-older community in Stallings, just over the Mecklenburg County line in Union County. It’s being called the Courtyards at Weddington Road. That’s according to Epcon’s Charlotte-area rep Brad Baranowski, who said the development will have 34 ranch-style maintenance-free homes with optional upstairs bonus rooms ranging from 1,500 [...]