Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

February 3, 2016 Projects Minutes

February 3, 2016 Projects Minutes

Charlotte-Mecklenburg
HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
Projects Committee Minutes
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
February 3, 2016
Time:  6:00 – 7:00  p.m.
Present:
Mr. Len Norman/City, Project Com. Chair
Ms. Paula Lester/County, HLC Chair
Ms. Jill Walker/Mayor, Mayor, Survey Com. Chair, HLC Secretary
Mr. Joe Elliott, City, HLC Treasurer
Mr. Stefan Pienkny
Mr. Mike Rogers
Ms. Mary Dominick, HLC Administrative Assistant
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
1. Chair’s Report:  Len Norman
Mr. Norman welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their service.
2.  Consulting Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill expressed his appreciation for each member’s service to the Committee.
3.  Review Of Present Projects  — Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill stated that there had been signficant developments with respect to projects, including:
Delburg Cotton Mill House.  Dr. Morrill reported that the prospective buyer of the Delburg Cotton Mill House in Davidson had rejected the counteroffer from the Commission and had announced that he would not enter into negotiations.  The Commission would move forward with restoring and improving the house.
Torrence Lytle School.  Dr. Morrill reported that the Town of Huntersville has passed a resolution asking the Commission to move ahead with its plan to remove environmental contamination of the buildings and stabilize the original 1937 building.
Rozzel Farm. Dr. Morrill reported that the prospective buyer of the Rozzel Farm has withdrawn the offer to purchase.  The Commission discussed whether it would recommend that the Commission continue to seek the designation of the parcel owned by the FAA that was orignially part of the Edward M. Rozzel Farm and which would provide frontage on Rozzells Ferry Road.  Stewart Gray stated that a appraisal required by the Federal government would cost $2000.
Special Note:  A quorum of the Committee was not present.  Therefore, the Committee would report its recommendations as a consensus, not a seconded motion.
THE COMMITTEE REACHED A CONSENSUS THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION SHOULD PURSUE PURCHASE OF THE LAND OWNED BY THE F.A.A. THAT ADJOINS THE EDWARD M. ROZZEL HISTORIC LANDMARK, WHICH WILL REQUIRE PAYING FOR AN APPRAISAL ($2000) OF THE PROPERTY AND PROCESSING THE PROPERTY FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION.
R. F. Outen Pottery.  Dr. Morrill reported that the Commission’s activities at the R. F. Outen Pottery were moving forward.  A new roof has been placed over the kiln.  Staff has produced a video explaining the significance of the pottery.  A pamphlet will be produced, and potters will be recuited to participate in local festivals.  Dr. Morrill stated that he had asked the Town of Matthews to assist him in developing a landscape plan for the site.
Phillips House and Morris Barn.  Dr. Morrill reported that the tenant of the Phillips House and Morris Barn died in January.  Staff will be making arrangements for managing the property, including yard care and inspections of the buildings.  Discussions will occur about future development of the property.
Charlotte Streetcar 85.  Dr. Morrill reported that the lease between the North Carolina Transportation Museum and the Commission has been signed by both parties.  Staff will be moving ahead with implementing the movement of Streetcar 85 to the Transportation Museum.
Charlotte General Motors New Style Bus.  Dr. Morrill reported that the restoration of the bus continues.  Also, Staff is investigating the possibility of using the bus in Charlotte.  Meetings are scheduled with CATS to discuss the possibility of a cooperative agreement with the Commission for storing and maintaining the bus.  Contacts have also been made with local historical and cultural agencies to determine their interest in using the bus.
Thrift Piedmont and Northern Depot.  Dr. Morrill reported that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has moved the depot to the new site.  Also, he stated that he anticipates that the NCDOT will ask the Commission for assistance in completing the restoration of the site and site work.  Details will be forthcoming.
Huntersville Commercial Building.  Dr. Morrill reported that the owner of the building at 114 S. Main St. has accepted the Commission’s offer for the building.  Due diligence will now begin.
4.  Request For Replenishment Money For The HLC Revolving Fund — Len Norman
Mr. Norman distributed a multi-page report describing the performance of the Revolving Fund from 2000 to 2016.  The report also explained the reasons for requesting $2 million of replenishment money for the Revolving Fund.  Staff and members of the Committee reviewed the report and expressed appreciation to Mr. Norman for the time he spent developing the report. 
Special Note:  A quorum of the Committee was not present.  Therefore, the Committee would report its recommendations as a consensus, not a seconded motion.
THE COMMITTEE REACHED A CONSENSUS THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION AUTHORIZE MR. NORMAN AND THE HLC STAFF TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE COUNTY TO SECURE $2 MILLION OF REPLENISHMENT MONEY FOR THE HLC REVOLVING FUND.
5.  OLD BUSINESS.  There was no new business.
6.  NEW  BUSINESS.  There was no old business.
The Committee adjourned at 7:10 p.m.