Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

January 11, 2016 HLC Agenda

January 11, 2016 HLC Agenda

January 11, 2016
HLC Agenda
1.  Consideration of Minutes. Click Here For Minutes
2.  Chairman’s Report:  Paula Lester 
3.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill  Click Here For Director’s Report
4.  Design Review Committee Report: Ken Pursley
A.  Consideration of unapproved changes to a portion of the Pineville Commercial Block (314 Main Street), Pineville, N.C.
The following December 14th Motion was tabled:  THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPROVE THE CHANGES ALREADY MADE TO THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING AT 314 MAIN STREET, PINEVILLE, N.C.  AND THAT A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS BE ISSUED FOR THESE CHANGES ONCE AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED.
The following motion was approved:  MR. ERDMAN PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. EGLESTON THAT THE MOTION BE TABLED UNTIL THE JANUARY 11, 2016, MEETING OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION AND THAT STAFF BE DIRECTED TO COMPOSE AN EXPLANATION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CAUSED A BUILDING PERMIT FOR THE BUILDING AT 314 MAIN STREET, PINEVILLE, N.C., TO BE ISSUED AND THAT THIS EXPLANATION BE INCLUDED AS AN ADDENDUM TO THE MOTION.  THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

EXPLANATION OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CAUSED A BUILDING PERMIT TO BE ISSUED FOR 314 MAIN STREET, PINEVILLE, N.C

In October 2015, the HLC office was contacted by an architect from ALB Architecture who had previously done design work on 314 Main St.  The architect was concerned that the HLC had allowed inappropriate changes to the front of the building.  Staff visited the site and determined that inappropriate changes had been made to the façade, that the ca. 1935 recessed doorway had been demolished and that a flat storefront window and new brick knee wall had been constructed without a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for the project.  On October 26, 2015 HLC sent a letter to the building’s owner, SBX LLC of Indian Land, SC, advising them to contact the HLC.  Staff met with the owner at the site on November 16th and explained to the owner that the property was a designated historic landmark and that a COA was required for material alterations to the property.  The owner explained that he had met with Pineville officials and that they approved his plan.  Staff explained that the property was designated, that the registered ordinance for the property clearly stated that a COA was required for any material changes to the property, and that it was the responsibility of the owner to understand the constraints on their property. Staff advised the owner to apply for a COA for the work that had been performed.  The owner submitted an application, plans, and the design-review fee, and the project was presented to the Design Review Committee at their November 2015 meeting.
When the current owner of 314 Main St applied for a building permit in July 2015, the permit was issued because there was no zoning hold in place.   Designated historic landmarks in Mecklenburg County are protected from unapproved alterations with “historic zoning holds.”  These holds prevent the issuance of a building permit unless a COA is issued that matches the proposed work.  When a project is approved and a COA is issued, Charlotte and Mecklenburg County staff can allow the project to proceed by releasing the “project hold” for individual projects. Unfortunately, the historic zoning hold for 314 Main St Pineville was essentially removed in November 2014, when a COA for a separate approved project was issued. At that time someone with Mecklenburg’s Land Use and Environmental Services (LUESA) mistakenly released the “address hold” for 314 Main St.  Once an address hold is released, there is no historic design review check for the issuance of building permits for a property in Mecklenburg County.
HLC staff has recommended to the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement office that the ability to alter the historic address holds be strictly limited to the HLC staff and just one management team in the Code Enforcement office.  Staff has also completed an audit of all 436 designated properties in Mecklenburg County to ensure that current address holds are active for all of the designated properties. Until changes are made in the permitting system, it will be necessary for the HLC to audit periodically the status of the historic zoning holds for all of the designated properties in Mecklenburg County.
5.  Survey Committee Report:  Jill Walker 
6.  Projects Committee Report:  Len Norman
a.  Consideration of Sale of Delburg Cotton Mill House at 303 Delburg St. in Davidson, N.C.  
b.  Consideration of Sale of three lots on Avalon Ave. behind McQuay House, 3200 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte, N.C.  Click here for information on the property.
c.  Consideration of Lease of Streetcar 85 to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  To be considered in closed session.
d.  Consideration of Purchase of Commercial Building at 114 S. Main St. in Huntersville, N.C.  Click here for information on the property.   To be considered in closed session.
e. Consideration of Legal Action.  To be considered in closed session. 
7.  Treasurer’s Report:  Joe Elliott, HLC Treasurer
8.  Old Business
9.  New Business
a.  Reccommendation to City Council that additional land associated with the Edward M. Rozzell House be designated.  See report.