HUNTERSVILLE – During the first quarter of its mapped out 30-year timetable to transform a sizable piece of southern Huntersville into a live-work-shop model of a modern transit-centric nirvana, Bryton failed to meet its lofty expectations. A disconnect in discussions concerning a commuter rail – a base component of Bryton’s design – combined with a global economic disruption stalled progress on the multi-dimensional venture planned to be nearly nine times bigger than Birkdale.
American Asset Corporation started infrastructure improvements soon after the masterplan for Bryton was approved by Huntersville officials in 2005. Using more than $31 million in public financing with Bryton’s 450 acres as collateral, developers spent years building a network of roads and installing utilities. They also completed the formidable task of realigning rail lines through the core of the planned community and creating a wide thoroughfare railroad overpasses that, for years, were the only indications of expectations for the site.