Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Director’s Report — November 5, 2018

1.  Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.  

The Projects Committee has a recommendation regarding arrangements for conducting an adaptive reuse study of the property. This will be considered under the regular agenda.

2.  Pecan Avenue Duplex, 1437 Pecan Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

The property continues to be marketed by Edwin Wilson, Jr.  The option to purchase is in place.  The Commission will need to consider in December whether it will acquire the property if no assignee is identified.

3.  Former Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 412 Campus Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Johnson C. Smith University is conducting a study of prospective uses of the building.  Decisions regarding the future of the property will not occur until that study is completed.  A hearing before the Charlotte Code Enforcement authorities is scheduled in the near future.

4.  Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Letter from Laurel Street Developers

Dionne Nelson of Laurel Street Developers has submitted a report on the development potential of the property.  A multi-family development is not possible without a substantial subsidy.  The most likely scenario would be a single family development, but not in the near future.  I am checking with the Town of Huntersville to determine if commercial shopping exists within one mile of the property.  If so, the property might become competitive for multi-family housing subsidies.

5.  Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.

HLC Staff is pursuing a deliberate process to determine the best strategy to assure the long-term preservation of the property.  Preservation North Carolina and the HLC will co-host a PNC fundraising event at Ingleside on December 2nd.  A design workshop is scheduled for December 4th, and Jennifer Coots is working with Staff on arrangements.

6.  Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

City Council has approved historic landmark designation of the property.  Staff is awaiting the results of an environmental assessment of a refuse pit before closing.  The due diligence period has been extended until November 30th.  The property will be marketed by real estate agent, Eric Gamble.

7.  Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte, N.C.  

Several trees fell on the house in a recent storm and did some damage to the roof.  Peter Wasmer reports that the trees have been removed.  The carport was also demolished as requested by the developer of Cramer’s Pond.  Peter Wasmer is investigating what coverage is available from insurance.

8.  Former Fire Station Number Ten, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C., and the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.


Mecklenburg County will be evaluating proposals submitted by respondents to the Request For Qualifications. The HLC will have representatives on the Committee that reviews submissions.

9.  McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.  

McConnell House

Martin Marietta has stated that the McConnell House must be moved.  The Projects Committee has appointed William Hughes and Edwin Wilson to an ad-hoc committee to work with Staff to determine the cost of moving the house.

10.  Victor Shaw House, 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte.

The owner of the Victor Shaw House has submitted an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the Victor Shaw House.  The Design Review Committee will consider this issue at its November meeting.  The essential issue will be whether the HLC will delay the effective date of the COA.

11.  VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.

The prospective buyer of the VanLandingham Estate continues to perform due diligence.

12.  Designation of Historic Landmarks.

City Council voted in October to designate the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery and the Wallace House as historic landmarks.  It also removed historic landmark designation from a portion of the Hennigan Place.

13.  Certified Local Government Training.

Tom Egan, Garrett Nelson, Edwin Wilson, Diane Althouse, Peter Wasmer, and I attended the Preservation Training Workshop held in Greensboro in October.  It was a worthwhile endeavor, which fulfills this year’s training requirements for the CLG program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill