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The Historic Landmarks Commission will meet next on December 8, 2008, in its offices in the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C.  The meeting shall commence at 6:00 p.m.  Anyone needing assistance should contact the Historic Landmarks Commission beforehand at 704-376-9115.

1.  Approval of Minutes.   Click Here For Minutes

2.  Chairman's Report.  Richard Alsop, III

3.  Director's Report.  Dan L. Morrill  Click Here For Director's Report

a.  Public Hearing for the Unity Church Cabin/Lingle Hut, 219 Watson Street, Davidson

Click here to read a survey and research report for the building

 

4.  Design Review Committee Report.  Matt Benson

 

A.  Mecklenburg County Courthouse, located at 700 E. Trade Street

The permanent placement of a Mahatma Gandhi statue on the grounds of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse (former).

The Charlotte Asian Heritage Association has donated the statue to Mecklenburg County.  The statue was approved by the HLC for a temporary placement so a scheduled unveiling could occur.  The issue before the Commission is a consideration of the proposed permanent arrangements for the statue.  The Design Review Committee passed the following motion:

MR. SHURLEY PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. ALSOP TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT THE APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS REGARDING THE PERMANENT PLACEMENT OF A MAHATMA GANDHI STATUE ON THE GROUNDS AT THE MECKLENBURG COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 700 E. TRADE STREET, CHARLOTTE, N. C., BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED WITH THE STIPULATION THAT SIDEWALK PIERS CANNOT BE BUILT. THE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE MOTION AS FOLLOWS: APPROVE: ALSOP, SHURLEY ABSTAIN: NONE OPPOSE: MATTSON.

Below are plans showing the proposed new base and sidewalks.

         B.  Clubhouse of the Charlotte Woman's Club, located at 1001 E. Morehead Street

The project involves a new glass addition to the side of the building and a new porch on the rear of the building.  The Committee approved the following motion:

MR. ALSOP PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. SHURLEY TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT THE APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE CHARLOTTE WOMANíS CLUB, 1001 E. MOREHEAD STREET, CHARLOTTE, N. C., BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

Below are plans showing the scope of the project.

Glass addition to the side.

 

5. Survey Committee Report.   Richard Mattson

 

A. The Moody House, 949 Granville Rd., Charlotte

 

 

At the October 1, 2008, Survey Committee meeting, the committee approved the following motion:

 

MR. NORMAN PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. NEWMAN TO CONDUCT A SURVEY TO DETERMINE THE NUMBER AND CONDITION OF OTHER EARLY MYERS PARK HOMES SIMILAR IN AGE AND STYLE TO THE CHARLES MOODY HOUSE, 949 GRANVILLE ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N. C. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

 

Staff has completed a survey of the oldest sections of Myers Park.  Click here to view pre-World War I Colonial Revival Myers Park homes.  Staff has concluded that there are currently several good examples of pre-World War I Colonial Revival homes in the Myers Park neighborhood, and that the Moody House does not possess the special significance needed for landmark designation. 

 

B. Sustare House, 13700 Idlewild Rd., Matthew.

 

 

The owner supports landmark designation and a survey and research report will be produced.

 

C. Purcell House, 206 Hillside Dr., Davidson

 

 

The owners of the Purcell House support landmark designation and a survey and research report will be produced.

 

6. Projects Committee Report.  Gray Newman

 

The Projects Committee did not meet during the last month.  Therefore, actions will have to be approved by a regular motion with a second.

Update on Current Projects

a.  Rozzel House,  11647 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.  -- Stewart Gray

Click Here For Survey and Research Report

b.  McAuley House, 11401 Huntersville-Concord Rd.  -- Stewart Gray

Work is proceeding on the restoration of the McAuley House.  The house has been lowered onto the new foundation.  Foundation work will continue, with the new roof being the next phase of the project.

Click Here For Survey and Research Report

c.  White Oak Plantation, 7729 Hood Rd.  -- Stewart Gray

Click Here For Survey and Research Report

d.  Grier-Rea House, 7601 Providence Rd.  -- Bryan Turner and Stewart Gray

Click Here For Survey and Research Report

e.  Torrence-Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Rd., Huntersville -- Bryan Turner, Patricia Nystrom, and Stewart Gray

Click Here For Survey and Research Report

Consideration of Potential Projects

A major function of the Projects Committee is to consider what properties the Commission should purchase for rehabilitation and resale.  The Commission can only purchase a designated historic landmark or a contributing property in a local historic district.  The Commission has also established the following principles to follow in recommending projects.  The HLC currently has approximately $2.9 million available for projects.

 

The Commission appreciates that each property possesses a unique character that suggests a variety of potential preservation strategies (all of which, to qualify for Commission consideration, must meet the Secretary of the Interiorís Guidelines for Rehabilitation). In selecting a preservation strategy for a given property, the Commission shall seek to balance the objectives of historic preservation and recovery of investment, in an effort to preserve and enhance the revolving fund as one of its most important preservation tools.

As a general rule, the Commission shall restore buildings only to the level necessary to safeguard their physical integrity and to market them effectively for sale or other appropriate disposition.

The Commission recognizes that in-fill (the building of new structures) and adaptive reuse are legitimate preservation strategies and in appropriate circumstances shall encourage their use either through its own actions or through the actions of developers.

The Commission further recognizes that circumstances can exist in which the recovery of funds invested in a given project may not be assured. In such circumstances, the Commission shall endeavor to balance the objectives of historic preservation and fund preservation by applying the general rule that the greater the risk to recovery of invested funds from a given project the higher the standard that shall be applied in assessing the merits of the project under consideration.

a.  Sandifer House.  Built in the 1850s, the Sandifer House, 12601 Moore's Chapel Road, is a designated historic landmark.  The house will be offered for sale by the family, who would be interested in receiving an offer from the Commission.  The family has also had an appraisal performed on the property, which contains 10.94 acres of land. The purpose of the discussion will be to determine if negotiations should continue with the owner.

Click here for Survey and Research Report.
 

b.  McQuay House.  3200 Tuckaseegee Road. Built in 1882, this house was the home of members of the McQuay family until 2002.  The house is currently under condemnation proceedings by code enforcement.  The owner has offered to donate the house to the Commission.  The purpose of the discussion will be to determine if the Commission should accept the donation.

Click here for Survey and Research Report.

 

7. Treasurer's Report. 

 

8. Old Business. 

 

9. New Business.