Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

Draft Agenda

1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for October 9th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report — Len Norman

3.  Director’s Report — Dan Morrill

4.  Preservation Planner’s Report — Stewart Gray

Attendance Policy Update – Click Here to Check Attendance
Effective Immediately: Mecklenburg County’s attendance policy requires Commissioners to attend 65% of all regularly scheduled committee meetings from the time one’s term begins until the end of that calendar year and each subsequent calendar year thereafter. The inclusion of special and assigned subcommittee meetings is no longer applicable. Commissioners must be present for 50% of a meeting in order to be counted present at that meeting.

Effective January 1, 2018: members cannot miss three consecutive regularly scheduled committee meetings. 

5.  Design Review Committee Report — Joe Elliott

6.  Survey Committee Report — Jeff Parsons

7.  Treasurer’s Report — Nathan Clark

8.  Projects Committee Report — Mark Miller

9.  Old Business

10.  New Business





​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission ADA Statement

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email, or at 2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 at least one week prior to commencement.




1.  Charles Barnhardt House  — Charlotte.  The owner has informed the HLC Staff that the map and plat of the property will be filed this week.  City Council will vote on the prospective designation on October 16th.  Soon thereafter, the Commission will close on the property.

Charles Barnhardt House


2.  Alexander Farm — Huntersville.  The Commission continues to discuss preservation strategies with the Town of Huntersville.

3.  Torrence Lytle School — Huntersville.  The prospective buyer has until October 11th to close on the property.  The prospective buyer has requested an extension.  After October 11, the Commission could place the property back on the market for sale.

Torrence Lytle School

4.  Former Fire Station Number 10 and the James C. Dowd House — Charlotte.  The County has acquired an appraisal on the property.  Stewart Gray is awaiting the completion of the environmental cleanup of the Fire Station, so he can complete the physical description of the property.  Staff anticipates that the County will want to hold meetings to discuss preservation strategies.


Fire Station #10

James C. Dowd House

5.  Edward M. Rozzel Farm — Charlotte.  Eric Gamble, realtor, has listed the house in MLS and is receiving many inquiries.  An offer has been received.  HLC will consider it under New Business.


Edward M. Rozzel Farm

6.  Star St. Matthews Lodge — Matthews.  The public hearing of the Matthews Town Board on the prospective historic landmark designation of the property will occur on October 23rd.


Star St. Matthews Lodge

7.  Huntersville & Huntersville ETJ Survey — Huntersville.  As directed by the Commission, Staff contacted the Town of Huntersville about the prospect of participating financially in the project.  Huntersville declined.  Staff consulted with HLC Chair and is moving ahead with the survey.

8.  Pump Shaft Head of the Rudisill Gold Mine — Charlotte.  Staff has received word that the owner of the property on which the Pump Shaft Head of the Rudisill Gold Mine objects to historic landmark designation of the property.  Legally, owner consent is not required.

Rudisill Hill Gold Mine

9.  Congratulations to Larken Egleston for his election as the District One representative on the Charlotte City Council.  Unfortunately, Larken will have to resign from the HLC in December.  The Commission must name a new Vice Chair.

10.  Walters’s Barbershop — Huntersville.  WBTV has requested that all HLC public documents, including emails, related to the purchase and sale of the Walters’s Barbershop be submitted to WBTV.  HLC attorney Sandy Carnegie has advised the HLC Staff to comply.



Walters’s Barbershop

11.  Work has begun on the adaptive reuse of Former Charlotte Fire Station #4 on West 5th Street.  Here is another example of excellent adaptive reuse.

Former Charlotte Fire Station #4


Respectfully submitted,


Dan L. Morrill

1. Chair’s Report:  Mark Miller

2. Consulting Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

3. Update on the Rozzel Farm:  Dan Morrill and Eric Gamble

The prospective buyer has withdrawn the letter of intent. Eric Gamble, realtor, will be exposing the property for MLS listing. HLC Staff will meet with Brian Jenest to consider development options for the property.

4. Update on Possible Participation in the Preservation of Houses
in Wesley Heights: Dan Morrill and Bobby Drakeford

Description of Wesley Heights Project – Walnut Avenue

Bobby Drakeford, the developer, will be submitting a rezoning application for the properties at 817-819 and 821 Walnut Avenue. Mr. Drakeford is seeking HLC participation in the improvement of the property. Specifically, he proposes that the HLC purchase, preserve, and sell the existing house and duplex. Mr. Drakeford would subdivide the property, purchase the rear portion, and construct townhouses. HLC Staff understands that this proposal would have to go through the standard due diligence process. Staff is enthusiastic about possible HLC involvement because the project would demonstrate how preservation can be compatible with new construction. 

5. Update on Status of the Charles E. Barnhardt House:  Dan Morrill, Stewart Gray, Jay Rhodes

Due Diligence and Appraisal
Request for Board Action
Barnhardt Comps from August 31, 2016
Comparable Listings from the Past Year and Comparative Market Analysis

Jay Rhodes, of the County Asset and Facility Management department, has informed HLC Staff that Peter Wasmer, Project Manager for the Barnhardt project, is on leave until October 22nd. In view of this fact, the County will need to have the HLC hire and pay a Project Manager to assume all or some part of the management of the upfit of the house and grounds. This will add some costs to the project.

6. Update on Status of the Torrence Lytle School:  Dan Morrill and Sandy Carnegie

If the prospective buyer does not close on the property, the HLC has decided to expose the property to the market for a period of one year. The Commission will need to select a realtor to market the property.

7. Old Business

The County has obtained its appraisal of the James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station Number 10.  Stewart Gray will complete the physical description of the interior of Former Fire Station Number 10 when the County completes the environmental cleanup of the building.  The County will be holding discussions with the HLC Staff about preservation strategies for the properties.

8. New Business