Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Dan Morrill

October 4, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Discussion Of Project Management Procedures: Peter Wasmer 

Peter Wasmer will explain the need to prioritize the performance of necessary repairs and improvements to projects and to work within the framework of project management practices established by the Asset and Facility Management Department of Mecklenburg County. 

4.  Update On Projects

a.  Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte, N.C.

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Repair of the house continues.   The architectural shingle roof is installed.  An electrician visited the house but declined to do work because of extensive mold in the basement.  Staff also requested a proposal from a landscaper to suggest improvements to the grounds.  A copy of the proposal is attached.  Additional repairs to the house are required.

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

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The Historic Landmarks Commission has purchased Ingleside.  Peter Wasmer will oversee necessary repairs, including repairing the roof and assuring the functioning of the well.  Staff has received an inquiry from a party stating their interest in purchasing the house as a residence.  Staff anticipates the prospective buyer will visit the house in October.

Preservation North Carolina and the Historic Landmarks Commission will be co-sponsoring an open house – PNC fundraising event at Ingleside on December 2nd.

HLC Staff continues to believe that the sale of Ingleside should be carefully considered.  Specifically, Staff believes that the sale should result in a use of the house that provides the greatest opportunity for the long-term preservation of Ingleside.  Toward this end Staff met with Jack Simoneau, Huntersville Planner, and Anthony Roberts, Huntersville Town Manager.  Simoneau and Roberts understood that the current Transitional Zoning of the property might be too restrictive.  They recommended that the HLC hold an Ingleside Stakeholders Meeting at Ingleside in preparation for submitting a request for a text amendment to the zoning ordinance.  

Staff has asked Jennifer Coots to serve as a Consultant to assist Staff in making preparations for the Stakeholders Event.  Her proposal and biography are attached.  

Staff is recommending that the Projects Committee recommend to the Historic Landmarks Commission that it approve the expenditure of $5,000 for the preparation of a National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for Ingleside. 

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

McConnell House

Sandy Carnegie and Staff participated in a conference telephone call with officials of Martin Marietta, owner of the McConnell House.  The owner agreed to consider allowing the house to be preserved at the present site.  The owner is not interested in pursuing the signing of an option to purchase.  Staff anticipates hearing from Martin Marietta in early October.

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

City Council is scheduled to vote in October on the designation of the Wallace House as a historic landmark.  The Historic Landmarks Commission is scheduled to close on the property in late October or early November.  

The Environment Assessment Study on the property identified a possible environmental hazard produced by a refuse dump on the property.  Sandy Carnegie has recommended that this potential hazard needs to be investigated further.  Staff awaits direction.

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

Mecklenburg County has distributed a Request For Qualifications to prospective buyers of the two properties.  The County is awaiting responses.  The involvement of the Historic Landmarks Commission in this process will initially involve participation in the review of submitted proposals.

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

Torrence Lytle School

Staff has solicited an assessment of the marketability of the property by an official of Laurel Street Developers.  Staff is awaiting a report.

g.  Charlotte Streetcar Number One

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Staff has discussed the future status of Streetcar Number One with officials of Charlotte Trolley, the current owner.  The US-built streetcar operated in Greece until the 1980s when it was purchased and brought to Charlotte.  It is now housed at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer.  Charlotte Trolley in the near future will most likely propose that ownership of the trolley be transferred to the HLC.  This will require the car to be processed for historic landmark designation.  Staff has agreed to prepare a Survey and Research Report on the trolley at no expense.  The proposal will be that the HLC pay to transport Streetcar Number One to Charlotte and lease it to Lakewood Trolley under arrangements identical to the lease of Streetcar 85.  I will most likely bring a proposal to the Projects Committee at a future meeting.

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

The owner of the VanLandingham Estate has received Certificates of Appropriateness for the demolition of VanLandingham Estate.  One from the Historic Districts Commission for October and one from the Historic Landmarks Commission for November.  The intentions of the owner are uncertain.

5.  Old Business

6.  New Business

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

Dr. Morrill, Tom Egan, and William Hughes have met with Carla Cunningham, the owner of the property.  The potential purchase price was discussed.  The Commission has received an appraisal on the property and an estimate of the stabilization costs.  I have received several emails urging the HLC to preserve the property.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation on this issue to present to the Commission.

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

The property is being marketed by Edwin Wilson, Jr.  The option to purchase is in place.  Staff will be assisting with the marketing of the property.  The County has ruled that hereafter the HLC will have to obtain Board of County Commission approval for options to purchase.  HLC Staff will appear before the Board of County Commissioners on September 18th to explain how options will assist the HLC in saving historic resources.

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

Preservation North Carolina and the HLC Staff will meet with officials of Johnson C. Smith University on the morning of September 24th to discuss preservation strategies for the building, which the University owns.

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

The prospective buyer has withdrawn from the contract.  The Commission has voted to move forward with demolishing all buildings except the original building and marketing the property largely as vacant land.  The Projects Committee will present a recommendation on this issue to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

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

Staff recommends that the future disposition of the property be considered in conjunction with other agencies in North Mecklenburg, including the Town of Huntersville.  The National Trust For Historic Preservation has expressed a willingness to consider a matching grant for an adaptive reuse feasibility study.  The Board of County Commissioners has recognized the purchase money from the HLC Revolving Fund, and the HLC is now the owner.  HLC Staff will meet with officials of Huntersville in the afternoon of September 24th to discuss how the HLC and Huntersville might work together on an adaptive reuse study of the property.

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

The Public Hearing with City Council to consider designation of the property will occur on September 17th.  The current owners will lease the property after closing, which should occur in late October.  The property will be actively marketed after closing.  The Board of County Commissioners has recognized the purchase money from the HLC Revolving Fund.

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

The HLC continues to market the property.  An architectural shingle roof is being installed, and other mandated improvements will be made in the near future. The developer of the property has granted an extension until September 30th of the time in which improvements must be made.  The Projects Committee will present a recommendation regarding this issue to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

8.  Former Fire Station Number Ten, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.  

Discussions of the future disposition of the property continue.

9.  James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte, N.C.  

Discussions of the future disposition of the property continue.

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

McConnell House

Staff continues to negotiate with Martin Marietta, the owner of the property.  Staff hopes to secure an exclusive, assignable option to purchase that is co-terminus with the Certificate of Appropriateness which has been issued to the owner.  Staff is working to schedule a meeting with the owner to discuss preservation strategies.  Sandy Carnegie and I will have a conference telephone call later this week with officials of Martin Marietta to discuss possible preservation strategies.

11.  Morgan School, 510 S. Torrence Street, Charlotte, N.C.   

Staff continues to discuss the future disposition of the property.  The HLC submitted an offer in November 2016 to purchase the property.  CMS is reviewing the status of all of its surplus property.  CMS will report on the status of the prospective sale of the Morgan School once the review is finished.

12.  Patterson Grocery Building, 2515 Booker Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Residents of Washington Heights have contacted the Commission and have expressed a desire to see the Patterson Grocery Building preserved.  Staff is seeking to meet with the prospective buyer to discuss preservation solutions.

13.  Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, 3712 Monroe Road, Charlotte, N.C.  Dr. Reginald Hawkins House, 1703 Madison Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.  Hennigan Place, 3503 Tilley Morris Road, Charlotte, N.C.   

These properties are being processed for historic landmark designation.


14.  HLC Staff and members of the HLC will attend a Preservation Workshop on September 27th in Greensboro, N.C.  This will fulfill the continuing education requirements for this year for the Certified Local Government Program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill