Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Dan Morrill

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

Tyson and Regina Bates, prospective buyers of the property, have presented an offer to acquire the property for use as a private school.  The Projects Committee will make a presentation on this issue later in the meeting.  

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

The Projects Committee will make a presentation later in the meeting on a prospective Offer To Purchase and Contract negotiated with prospective buyers of Ingleside.

Peter Wasmer, HLC Projects Manager, continues to oversee repairs to Ingleside.  

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

Patterson Grocery Store

The HLC has placed the Patterson Grocery Store on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks.  Staff continues to work to arrange a meeting with the owner to inspect the building and to determine the owner’s attitude about the prospect of the building being processed for designation as a historic landmark.

4.  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 continues to discuss strategies for the preservation of the properties.  

5.  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.  Staff believes that assertive action should be taken if the house is to be saved.

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

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

7.  Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 412 Campus Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Johnson C. Smith University continues to consider preservation strategies.  The City Housing Board has granted a delay of its decision regarding demolition of the building.  The HLC Director will attend the March 12th meeting of the Housing Board to be available to state the proposal the HLC has approved for making the repairs necessary to bring the building into compliance with the building code.  Discussions have also occurred with Preservation North Carolina about preservation strategies.

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

Excelsior Club

Negotiations continue to consider preservation strategies for the property.  The effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition is June 12, 2019.

9.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

The Due Diligence period for the HLC’s prospective purchase of the property has been extended until May 1, 2019.  Consideration of means to environmentally clean the refuse pit on the property continue.  Peter Wasmer, Project Manager, is overseeing the solicitation of bids.

10.   Edgewood Farm, 11124 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, N.C.

HLC Staff is working with the owner to determine possible preservation strategies for the property, which is currently for sale.

11.  Victor Shaw House, 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

The owner is actively marketing the property for sale.  The Projects Committee is considering preservation strategies for the property.

12.  Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

The owner is actively marketing the property for sale.  The owner has approached the HLC about purchasing the property before it is exposed to the open market.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


March 5, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

a.  Discussion with Realtors for the Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

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b.  Consideration of Payment for Electrical Service for Testing of Streetcar 85 for damage. (From Operational Budget)

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3.  Update on Projects

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

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The Historic Landmarks Commission is working with a prospective buyer of the property. Term sheet to be discussed.

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

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A prospective buyer is performing due diligence. Expected contract will be discussed.

c.  Dowd House and Former Fire Station No. 10, 2216 Monument Street and 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Discussions with Mecklenburg County regarding the future of the property continue.

d.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

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Sandy Carnegie and Peter Wasmer continue to work on securing proposals for the environmental clean up of the property.  The owner is also seeking a remedy to the need for an environmental cleanup.

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

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Discussions of future preservation strategies continue. The owner has a Certificate of Appropriateness which will allow the structure to be demolished on or after June 12, 2019. The Historic Landmarks Commission might consider securing record photographs of the property. Historic Charlotte has nominated the Excelsior Club for listing by the National Trust for Historic Preservation of one of the country’s most endangered historic landmarks.  

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

Staff continues to move forward with the necessary repairs to the house. Stewart Gray is working to have electricity restored at the house, and Peter Wasmer will be moving ahead with additional repairs.  The owner has signed an Option held by Preservation North Carolina to purchase two adjoining lots.  

g.  Louise Mill Mill Houses, 1104 and 1108 Pamlico Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Staff has met with the owners of the houses.  The owners have agreed to sell the houses, which will have to be designated as historic landmarks before closing. Otherwise, the owner is not interested in historic landmark designation.

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

The owner has a Certificate of Appropriateness which will allow the demolition of the house to occur on or after June 12, 2019. The Ad Hoc Committee continues to search for a site to which it would be economically viable to move the house. The Historic Landmarks Commission might consider securing record photographs of the property. 

4.  The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11. 

5.  Old Business

6.  New Business


Action Item

The County has money potentially available for additional funding for the Historic Landmarks Commission in the FY’20 Budget.  Staff believes that additional monies should be used for the following initiatives and requests approval by the HLC.

1.  Comprehensive Surveys.

State Enabling Legislation mandates that the Historic Landmarks Commission conduct surveys to identify properties that have the requisite special significance to warrant historic landmark designation.  The Commission proposes to conduct the following comprehensive surveys in FY’20 in the following ranked order:

1.  Beatties Ford Road Corridor from Johnson C. Smith University to Sunset Road. $12,000.

2.  Chadwick-Hoskins Neighborhood. $8,000

3.  Derita Community. $8,000

4.  Rural Landscapes. $8,000

Total: $36,000

 2.  Options To Purchase.

The Historic Landmarks Commission proposes to employ options to purchase as an important tool in controlling property for potential purchase and sale.  There are costs associated with options to purchase, specifically for due diligence and for fees to obtain options to purchase.  The Commission anticipates that it will obtain four options to purchase in FY’20.

1.  Fees For Options To Purchase. $12,000

2.  Due Diligence For Options To Purchase. $16,000

Total: $28,000

Information Items

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

Letter from Laurel Street Developers

Tyson and Regina Bates, prospective buyers of the property have presented an offer to acquire the property for use as a private school.  The Projects Committee will make a presentation on this issue later in the meeting.  Also, the Design Review Committee will report on its actions regarding the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the wing building on each end of the original 1937 school building.

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

The HLC has received a Letter of Intent from a prospective buyer of Ingleside.  The Projects Committee will report on this issue later in the meeting.

Peter Wasmer, HLC Projects Manager, continues to oversee repairs to Ingleside.  

Stewart Gray continues to work with the Town of Huntersville to consider an amendment to the Huntersville zoning ordinance that would allow greater latitude for adaptive reuses of designated historic landmarks.  

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

Patterson Grocery Store

The HLC has placed the Patterson Grocery on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks.  Staff will be contacting the owner to determine the owner’s intent regarding the preservation of the store building.

4.  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 continues to discuss strategies for the preservation of the properties.  

5.  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.  Staff believes that assertive action should be taken if the house is to be saved.

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

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

7.  Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 412 Campus Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Johnson C. Smith University continues to consider preservation strategies.  The City Housing Board has granted a delay of its decision regarding demolition of the building until its March meeting.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation regarding this issue later in the meeting.

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

Excelsior Club

Negotiations continue to consider preservation strategies for the property.  The effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness will occur in June 2019.

9.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

The Due Diligence period for the HLC’s prospective purchase of the property has been extended until May 1, 2019.  Consideration of means to environmentally clean the refuse pit on the property continue.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


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.  The Commission Staff awaits the requested information.

A party has also expressed interest in acquiring the former Cafeteria Building.   Staff has shown the building to the prospective buyer, but has not received an offer.

As stated at the last HLC meeting, 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 demolishing the wing buildings.

Action Item.  

Staff recommends that the HLC approve applying for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the two wing buildings if the Projects Committee determines that the demolition will not adversely affect the physical integrity of the two wings and if the cost of demolition is acceptable to the HLC.

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.  

Stewart Gray is working with the Town of Huntersville to consider an amendment to the Huntersville zoning ordinance that will allow greater latitude for adaptive reuses of designated historic landmarks.  

A prospective buyer is seriously considering purchasing Ingleside and is now performing due diligence.  Staff anticipates that an offer might be forthcoming within the next month.

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

Patterson Grocery Store

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.

The Survey Committee will consider placing the Patterson Grocery on the Study List of Prospective Landmarks at its meeting on January 16th.

4.  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 has requested that Staff meet with County officials to discuss strategies for the preservation of the properties.  The meeting will occur on January 22nd.

5.  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.

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

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

7.  Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 412 Campus, Charlotte, N.C.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

William Hughes, Len Norman, and I met with City Code Enforcement staff and with University representatives to discuss the status of the property.  The University is obtaining a structural report on the building and will share that with the City.  A hearing before the City Housing Appeals Board is set for January 22nd.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


January 16, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report:  Jeff Parsons

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

3.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report:  Stewart Gray

a.  Update on Committee Meeting Schedule  

b.  Davidson Initiative
Important Historic Properties in Davidson

Properties to be Considered for Designation

c.  Update on Charlotte Mondernist Survey
Modernist Architecture in Charlotte

d.  Update on Park Terrace Theater, 4289 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C. 

Park Terrace Theater

e.  Update on Parkwood Avenue A.R.P. Church, 1017 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
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Parkwood Avenue A.R.P. Church

f.  Update on Dr. Reginald Hawkins House, 1703 Madison Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
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Dr. Reginald Hawkins House

g.  Update on Butler House, 240 Sylvania Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
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Butler House

4.  Presentation of Historic Context of Louise Cotton Mill Village:  Dr. Morrill
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1104 Pamlico Avenue

5.  Potential Study List Properties

a.  Thomasboro House.  4439 Hovis Road, Charlotte, N.C.
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Thomasboro House

b.  Smith Building.  21320 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, N.C.
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c.  Patterson Grocery Store.  2515 Booker Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
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Patterson Grocery Store

d.  Providence Road Shopping Center.  Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C.
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e.  Myers Park Shopping Center.  Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C.
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Myers Park Shopping Center

6.  Old Business

7.  New Business