Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

April 20, 2016 – Survey Minutes

April 20, 2016 – Survey Minutes

Charlotte-Mecklenburg
HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
Survey Committee Minutes
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
April 20, 2016
Time:  8:30 – 9:55 a.m
Present:
Mr. Nathan Clark
Dr. Richard Mattson
Mr. Mike Rogers
Ms. Jill Walker, Survey Committee Chair, HLC Secretary
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Ms. Mary Dominick, HLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Absent:
Mr. Louis Asbury
Mr. Len Norman
Mr. Cameron Wright
Visitors:
Mr. Ben McLaughlin, Back Creek Presbyerian Church
Ms. Fran Thresher, Back Creek Presbyerian Church
Ms.  Janina Gordon, Little House
Mr.  Peter Cook, Biddleville Cemetery
Ms. Paula Pridgen, Dilworth Airplane Bungalow
1. Chair’s Report:  Jill Walker
Ms. Walker welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked the members for their service on the Committee.
2.  Consulting Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill expressed his appreciation for each member’s service to the Committee.  
3.  Prospective Study List Properties
a.  Highland Park Manufacturing Company Plant Number 1, 340 East 16th Street, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff explained the reasons for the special historical significance of the property.  Staff recommended that the property be placed on the Study List Of Prospective Historic Landmarks.
MR. CLARK PRESENTED A MOTON SECONDED BY MR. ROGERS THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION PLACE THE HIGHLAND PARK MANUFACTURING COMPANY PLANT NUMBER ONE, 340 EAST 16TH STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C., ON THE STUDY LIST OF PROSPECTIVE HISTORIC LANDMARKS.  THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
b.  Back Creek Presbyerian Church, 1821 Back Creek Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff distributed an email from a Trustee of the Church explaining why the Church has voted to demolish the historic sanctuary of the church.  Mr. Ben McLaughlin, a church member, explained that he has strong emotional ties to the church and hopes that with time he and others can convince the congregation not to demolish the building.  Staff explained the legal consequences of historic landmark designation and stated that landmark designation would not assure the designation of the property.  Ultimately, the fate of any historic landmark rests with the owner, unless the Commission has purchased and sold the property with preservation deed covenants or the Department of Cultural Resources has deemed that the property has State-wide significance.
The Committee discussed the historic merit of the property and deemed that it was eligible for placement on the Study List Of Prospective Historic Landmarks.
DR. MATTSON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. CLARK THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION PLACE THE BACK CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 1821 BACK CREEK CHURCH ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., ON THE STUDY LIST OF PROSPECTIVE HISTORIC LANDMARKS.  THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
4.  Consideration of the updated Survey and Research Report On Midwood Elementary School, 1817 Central Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff reviewed the reasons for the special historical significance of the property set forth in the Survey and Research Report.  Staff explained that the owner of the property, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), has removed the school from its list of properties to be sold.  Consequently, the school is not immediately threatened.  Staff stated that CMS has requested that the decision regarding a recommendation for historic landmark designation be delayed, so that CMS can more fully consider the issue.

DR. MATTSON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. ROGERS THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECOMMEND THAT THE CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL DESIGNATE THE MIDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1817 CENTRAL AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C. A HISTORIC LANDMARK BUT THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION DELAY THE VOTE ON ITS RECOMMENDATION UNTIL THE JUNE 2016 MEETING OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION, SO THAT THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY, CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG SCHOOLS, CAN HAVE TIME TO CONSIDER THE ISSUE FULLY. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
5.  Consideration of the Survey and Research Report On The Biddleville Cemetery, Cemetery and French Streets Intersection, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff reviewed the reasons for the special historical significance of the property set forth in the Survey and Research Report. Mecklenburg County is responsible for the maintenance of the property and supports historic landmark designation of the cemetery.
MR. ROGERS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. MATTSON THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECOMMEND THAT THE CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL DESIGNATE THE BIDDLEVILLE CEMETERY, CEMETERY AND FRENCH STREETS INTERSECTION, CHARLOTTE, N.C., A HISTORIC LANDMARK.  THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
6.  Consideration of the Survey and Research Report On Dilworth Airport Bungalow, 2144 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff reviewed the reasons for the special historical significance of the property set forth in the Survey and Research Report.  Staff stated that because the property is in a local historic district it must have a high level of historic signficance to qualify for historic landmark status.  Staff does believe it qualifies for historic landmark designation on the basis of its architectural signficance.
MR. ROGERS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. CLARK THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION DELAY CONSIDERATION OF ITS RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE DILWORTH AIRPLANE BUNGALOW, 2144 PARK ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., UNTIL  STAFF DETERMINES  THAT THE SURVEY AND RESEARCH REPORT ON THE SUBJECT PROPERTY IS IN A SUITABLE FORM.  THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
7.  Update on the Little House, 1136 Queens Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff and the owner of the house reviewed the known historic significance of the house, which is on The Study List Of Prospective Historic Landmarks.  Staff believes that the house is a good candidate for prospective historic landmark status.  However, a recommendation for historic landmark designation can only occur after a Survey and Research Report has been prepared on the property.  Staff explained the challenges associated with securing historic landmark designation of a property in Myers Park.  The owner stated that she understood these challenges and would take them into account when determining whether to prepare the necessary Survey and Research Report.  
8.  Old Business.
There was no old business.
9.  New Business.
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 9:55 a.m.