Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Director’s Report — December 17, 2018

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

Letter from Laurel Street Developers

Tyson and Regina Bates, prospective buyers of the property, plan to bring an offer to the table in the near future.  Staff has asked them to submit a business plan for their intent to establish a school in the buildings.

A party has also expressed interest in acquiring the former Cafeteria Building. 

Staff believes that it would be prudent to demolish the two 1950’s wing buildings at the Torrence Lytle School.  Staff will be developing costs estimates and the potential impact upon the original school building of doing this.  This information will be presented to the Projects Committee and the Design Review Committee early next year.

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

HLC Staff continues to pursue a deliberate process to determine the best strategy to assure the long-term preservation of the property.  The PNC/HLC event on December 2nd and the Charrette/Workshop on December 4th were both successful.

It is the intent of Staff to seek an amendment to the Huntersville zoning ordinance that will allow greater latitude for adaptive reuses of designated historic landmarks.  Toward this end, Staff will be gathering information on successful adaptive reuse projects elsewhere in preparation for a presentation to the Town of Huntersville.  I plan to have Stewart Gray take a lead position in the preparation of this presentation.

3.  Patterson Grocery Store.  2515 Booker Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.  

Staff has contacted the owner of the Patterson Grocery  to obtain an update on the status of the property.  The owner has not yet responded.  Staff will continue to endeavor to make contact.

4.  Edgewood Farm.  11132 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, N.C.


The prospective buyer of the Edgewood Farm has requested that the HLC assist with the preservation of the property. It is currently for sale for $1.45 million. Staff, as directed by the Projects Chairman and the HLC Chairman, has responded that at this time, the HLC’s involvement with the Edgewood Farm property will be confined to design review of material alterations.

5.  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.

6.  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.

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

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

8.  HLC Facebook Page.

Upon request, the HLC staff has ceased making posts to the HLC Facebook Page pending the development of Guidelines.  Staff believes that the Facebook Page is a valuable tool for informing the public about the work of the Commission and hopes that guidelines will be forthcoming in the near future.  Staff will help as needed.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill