Bobby Drakeford has submitted a zoning application to build townhouses in the Wesley Heights Historic District. He will be approaching the Historic Landmarks Commission to be a partner in this project. I believe the project could demonstrate how historic preservation and new construction can be compatible. Obviously, the project must be economically viable. The regular routine due diligence will have to be followed.
The concept is to have the Historic Landmarks Commission purchase the two residences at the front of the lot and for Bobby Drakeford to build the townhouses on the rear of the lot. The Commission would sell the two residences with preservation covenants in the deed to assure the preservation of the residences in perpetuity.
The Projects Committee will be meeting with Bobby Drakeford on October 2nd at 8 a.m. to discuss this project.
HLC Staff believes that the HLC revolving fund is a vital component of its activities. The HLC revolving fund is the largest public-funded local historic preservation revolving fund in the United States. It was established in 1991 and has saved more than 50 endangered historic sites in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. HLC Staff believes that a video highlighting the past successes and future possibilities of the revolving fund would be a compelling educational tool. Bruce Bowers is an award-winning videographer who has extensive experience in producing documentaries. HLC Staff believes that he will produce an excellent product.
4. Update on the Status of Former Charlotte Fire Station #10 and the James C. Dowd House
HLC Staff has been contacted by the County and has learned that the appraisal of the property has been secured. The County will be scheduling meetings in the near future to explore preservation options for the property.
The Historic Landmarks Commission continues to work on a preservation strategy for the VanLandingham Estate in Plaza Midwood. It too is a challenge. The fundamental issue is how to make saving the estate economically viable.
1. Report of the Projects Committeee Chair — John Shurley
2. Report of the HLC Chair — Len Norman
3. Report of the Consulting Director — Dan Morrill
4. Update on the Walters Barbershop. 112-114 South Main Street, Huntersville, N.C.
The prospective buyer has deposited the earnest money and is currently in his 60-day examination period.
5. Update on the Charles E. Barnhardt House. 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C. The Commission has submitted a contract to purchase. The owner has commented on the contract. HLC Attorney Sandy Carneigie has responded to the owner’s comments. Mike Ogburn has visited the property to begin his appraisal.
6. Update on General Motors New Look Bus.
Staff has been working to obtain an estimate on the installation of air conditioning for the bus. Staff estimates that the Commission will be asked to authorize the expenditure of additional money to upfit the bus. So far the Commission has spent $49,244. The Commission has authorized the expenditure of up to $50,000 for the upfit of the bus. Click Here For A Video Of The General Motors New Look Bus
Staff has submitted the draft of an agreement to CATS for storage and routine maintenance of the bus.
7. Consideration Of An Offer To Purchase The Delburg Mill House. 303 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C. The Commission has received an offer to purchase the house. The Committee will consider its recommendation to the Commission.
8. Update of the Phillips House and Morris Barn. 131 W. Charles St., Matthews, N.C.
10. Consideration Of An Offer To Purchase The Torrence Lytle School. 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C. The Commission has received an offer to purchase the Torrence Lytle School. It has also received bids for the environmental cleanup of the buildings.