Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Dan Morrill

1.  Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte.  Fred Caligiuri, the developer of Cramer’s Pond, has granted a 30-day extension for the completion of the contractual improvements to the house.  Staff is working with the Project Management team to establish the color of the roof shingles to be presented to the supervising architect for the Cramer’s Pond neighborhood.  Staff will also be working to repair the windows and paint the exterior of the house.  The Projects Committee met with the prospective buyer who has met with Stewart Gray to discuss potential alterations to the property.  The tarp on the house has failed, and water is entering the house.

2.  Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville.   Sandy Carnegie, HLC attorney, is working to arrange for a closing on the property in September.  Peter Wasmer is gathering the necessary information to present to the Board of County Commissioners to obtain recognition of the funds needed to buy the property.  Money has been spent on the repair of the air conditioning system.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation to present to the Commission.

3.  Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte.  Staff is processing the property for historic landmark designation, and Peter Wasmer is gathering the necessary information to present to the Board of County Commissioners to obtain recognition of the funds needed to buy the property.  The owners of the property have agreed in principle to the terms of a lease of the property following closing.  The Executive Committee will have a recommendation to present to the Commission.

4.  Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville.  Brock Ventures, the prospective buyer of the Torrence Lytle School, has deposited its initial earnest money payment.  He continues to perform due diligence.  Staff has received an email from Brock Ventures expressing concerns about the economic viability of the project.  Staff is exploring ideas with the prospective buyer as to how the project may be made viable.

5.  Pecan Avenue Duplex, 1427 Pecan Avenue, Charlotte.  The Projects Committee has met with the owner of the property concerning possible acquisition of an exclusive, assignable option to purchase the property.  The Projects Committee has a recommendation to present to the Commission.

6.  McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte
Staff met with representatives of Martin Marietta, owners of the property, and suggested a variety of preservation solutions.  Martin Marietta has determined that the house must be moved from its present site to property not owned by Martin Marietta.  Martin Marietta will donate the house to an entity that would move the house.  The Projects Committee has a recommendation to present to the Commission.

7.  Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte.  Peter Wasmer has obtained an appraisal on the property and the cost of stabilizing the shell of the building.  Staff will be scheduling a visit with the owner.  Click Here for Stabilization Cost Analysis

8.  Former Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 412 Campus Street, Charlotte.  The City has ordered Johnson C. Smith University, the owner of the property, to bring the building up to code by October 10th or the building will be demolished.  The University cannot legally demolish the building, because Preservation North Carolina holds deed covenants on the property.  Staff is working with Preservation North Carolina to arrange a meeting with University officials to discuss the situation.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

9.  Charlotte Streetcar 85.  Charlotte Streetcar 85 has been leased to Lakewood Trolley.  The Streetcar was moved on August 1st to the Trolley Storage Building on Chamberlain Avenue.  The Commission will be working with Lakewood Trolley to make the necessary repairs to Streetcar 85.

10.  Charlotte Streetcar Number One.  Charlotte Streetcar Number One was built c. 1910 by the J. G. Brill Company of Philadelphia, PA.  It was shipped to Athens, Greece and operated on the streets of Athens into the 1960s.  It then became a rail repair car.  In the 1980s, the Historic Landmarks Commission sought to introduce vintage streetcar service in Charlotte.  Staff convinced a local developer to purchase and restore Trolley Number One.  It was transported by ship to New York City and transported to Guilford, Connecticut, where it was restored.  The streetcar was transported to Charlotte and arrived in 1989.  The car was donated to the Historic Landmarks Commission, which in turn gave the streetcar to Charlotte Trolley.  Negotiations are now underway for the Commission to acquire Trolley Number One from Charlotte Trolley for possible lease to Lakewood Trolley.

11.  Former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte.  Staff continues to negotiate with County officials about the possibility that ownership of the property might be conveyed to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

12.  James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte.  There have been no new developments regarding the Dowd House since the June meeting of the HLC.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill

July 12, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report:  Tom Egan

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

a.  Wadsworth House.  Mark Miller is officially under contract to purchase the Wadsworth House.  He will be coordinating with Staff regarding design review issues.  Staff will also assist with having preservation deed covenants placed on the property.  This is great news.  It illustrates that the HLC can advance preservation of a property without having to purchase it.

3.  Preservation Planner’s Report:  Stewart Gray

4.  Update on Projects

a.  Torrence Lytle School.  Stephen Brock Ventures is under contract to purchase the property.  Due diligence runs until October 31st.  Staff is working with the prospective buyer on the study of the economic feasibility of the project.

b.  Wallace House.  Staff is working on processing the property for designation as a historic landmark, which is scheduled for October.  Peter Wasmer is performing due diligence.  Closing should occur in late October or early November.  Staff will be working with Sandy Carnegie on finalizing a lease agreement with the owner.  The plan is to offer the property for sale “as is.”

The owners have reviewed and have accepted the terms of a lease of the property upon closing.  Staff believes that this will assist with providing security for the property.  Staff recommends that the Executive Committee recommend that the HLC approve entering into a lease of the property with the owners upon closing under the terms set forth in the lease.

Click Here for Terms of Lease

c.  Ingleside.  The Commission is under contract to purchase the property.  Staff believes that the future use of the property should be carefully evaluated.  It has been challenging to find a buyer who will make a long term commitment to the property.  Staff has talked with the Town of Huntersville and the National Trust for Historic Preservation about applying for a matching grant for an adaptive reuse feasibility study of the property.  The HLC is currently paying the utilities bill and is maintaining the lawn.  Emergency repairs of the air condition system were necessary.

d.  Streetcar 85.  The tentative date for moving Streetcar 85 from the North Carolina Transportation Museum to Charlotte is July 30th.  Purchase Orders for hiring Chris Allen as a Consultant, for paying the Vendor for transporting Streetcar 85, and for paying an early termination fee for the lease of Streetcar 85 to the North Carolina Transportation Museum have been issued.

e.  Excelsior Club.  Staff met with County officials to discuss preservation strategies for the Excelsior Club.  It was agreed that the HLC Staff should approach the owner after Peter Wasmer obtains an updated appraisal of the parcel on which the building sits and after the costs of restoring the building are acquired.  That information is being gathered.

5.  Proposal for Charlotte New Look Bus.  In January 1992 the Commission acquired the last General Motors New Look Bus in the Charlotte Transit Fleet.  The bus is a designated historic landmark.  The Commission has put a refurbished engine and transmission in the bus.  It is currently housed in the CATS storage garage.  

Argos Real Estate Advisors, Inc. is proposing that title to the Bus be transferred to Argos, which would assume the responsibility for performing additional repairs to the bus to put it into full operational order.  Staff supports the transfer of title and the relocation of the bus to the Chamberlain Ave. storage facility. 

Staff recommends that the Executive Committee recommend to the Historic Landmarks Commission that the HLC approve in principle the transfer of title of the General Motors New Look Bus in “as is” condition to Argos Realty Estate Advisors, Inc. subject to HLC approval of a written agreement with Argos setting forth the terms of the transfer.

This item will be discussed in open session.

Click Here for Argos Real Estate Advisors Proposal

Click Here for Video of Bus

6.  Offer To Purchase Charles Barnhardt House.  The Commission has received an offer to purchase the Barnhardt House.
This item will be discussed in open session.
Click Here for Offer to Purchase and Contract

7.  Old Business

8.  New Business

John Howard, Administrator of the Charlotte Historic District Commission, has contacted Staff about a duplex at 1437-1439 Pecan Avenue for which a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition has been issued.  The owner reportedly is interested in talking with the HLC about possible purchase of the property.  I have contacted the owner.  Also, I have asked Eric Gamble to take a look at the property.