Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Design Review Agenda – May 2018

May 30, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Design Review Chairman’s Report: Joe Elliott

2.  Consulting Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

4.  COA Application for the William and Laura McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

McConnell House

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The applicant proposes to demolish the house.  State Enabling Legislation does not allow the Commission to deny a Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition.  It can only delay its effect date for up to 365 days from the date of issuance.

Staff recommends that the Committee recommend to the Historic Landmarks Commission that it delay the effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness for 365 days from the date of issuance. Preservation North Carolina is working with the owner to determine if a preservation solution is feasible. 

5.  Discussion of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. 

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1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.

2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.

3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.

4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.

5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.

6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.

7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.

8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.

9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.

10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.

6.  Old Business

7.  New Business


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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email,, or at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.