Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

July 24, 2018

The City of Charlotte has ordered Johnson C. Smith University to repair or demolish the historic Mt. Carmel Baptist Church by October 10, 2018. The property is a historic landmark and was designed by Louis Asbury, one of Charlotte’s most respected architects.

Preservation North Carolina has deed covenants on the property that prohibit the demolition of the building. The Historic Landmarks Commission is investigating the situation.

 

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church


August 9, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

a.  Update on Siloam School

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

June-July 2018 Project Budget

FY 19 HLC Operational Budget

a.  Staff will be working with the Projects Committee to determine how and when Trolley Number One might be moved from the North Carolina Transportation Museum to Charlotte for operation on the Lakewood Trolley line.


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

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Eric Gamble, HLC Realtor, continues to market the property. The HLC has received an offer to purchase the property. Eric Gamble will explain the terms under which the prospective buyer desires to move forward. The Executive Committee approved the following motion at its July meeting:

THAT THE OFFER TO PURCHASE AND CONTRACT FOR THE BARNHARDT HOUSE, 3217 MAYMONT PLACE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., BE REVISED BY SANDY CARNEGIE, HLC ATTORNEY, TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: PURCHASE PRICE – $1,122,500; EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT – $10,000; DUE DILIGENCE FEE – $2,500; DUE DILIGENCE PERIOD – 60 DAYS; CLOSING – 90 DAYS AFTER EFFECTIVE DATE OF OFFER TO PURCHASE AND CONTRACT; SELLER WILL PAY UP TO $5,000 OF BUYER’S CLOSING COST; ROOF REPAIR MUST COMMENCE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF CLOSING. ADDITIONALLY, IF THE POTENTIAL BUYERS COUNTER THE HLC OFFER WITH A CONTRACT PREREQUISITE OF SELLING THEIR CURRENT PROPERTY, THEN THE HLC REAL ESTATE AGENT IS AUTHORIZED TO PRESENT THE ATTACHED ADDENDUM TO THE BUYERS.

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4.  Pecan Avenue Duplex, 1437-1439 Pecan Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Pecan Avenue Duplex

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Click Here for Option to Purchase

Pecan Avenue Duplex Video

Click Here For Explanation Of Options

The owner of the property has received a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the building. He is interested in discussing the possibility of the HLC purchasing the property. He is willing to sell the property for $300,000. Dr. Morrill has met with the owner and has negotiated the terms of an option to purchase the property. The issue before the Committee is whether to approve, amend, or disapprove the option agreement. 

5.  Update on Projects

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

The prospective buyer continues to perform due diligence. Closing must occur by the end of November. The prospective buyer has made initial earnest money deposit.


b. Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

The move of Streetcar 85 from the North Carolina Transportation Museum to the Cumberland Avenue Storage Building occurred on August 1, 2018.

Video of Streetcar 85 Move


c. Charlotte “New Look” GM Bus 

Charlotte New Look Bus

The New Look Bus was moved from the CATS Garage to the Chamberlain Avenue Storage Building on July 31st. Sandy Carnegie prepared a legal agreement covering the bus, which has been signed by Staff and by Argos Realty.  It will be presented to the HLC for its consideration on August 13th.

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d. Former Fire Station #10, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Former Charlotte Fire Station #10

Staff continues to pursue negotiations with the County about the prospect of the County’s conveying the property to the Historic Landmarks Commission.

 

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

Ingleside

Staff continues to consider the prospect of doing a careful study of the potentials for Ingleside as an adaptive reuse. Stewart Gray is meeting with various stakeholders in North Mecklenburg. Closing on the property is scheduled for late August or early September. 


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

Wallace Log House

Staff is processing the Wallace House for prospective designation as a historic landmark. The vote of City Council on designation is scheduled for mid-October. Closing on the property will occur shortly thereafter. The Executive Committee has recommended that the lease of the property to the present owners be approved by the Historic Landmarks Commission with the inclusion of language allowing for termination with 45 days notice. This recommendation will be presented to the HLC at its August 13 meeting. 


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

Excelsior Club

The Commission has received the appraised price of the parcel. It is awaiting an estimate of the cost of restoring the building. Staff plans to meet with the owner to discuss the possibility of an option to purchase.

 

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

Martin Marietta, the owner of the McConnell House, has received a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the home.  Staff is meeting with the owner in attempts to devise a preservation solution.

Martin Marietta has stated that it will not provide property to which the house can be moved, and it will not allow the property to remain at its present site. The owner will donate the house to the HLC or to another entity that will move the house to a new location.

 

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

Former Mount Carmel Baptist Church

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The City of Charlotte has notified Johnson C. Smith University, the owner of the property, that they must repair or demolish the church by October 10, 2018. Preservation North Carolina holds preservation covenants on the property that prohibit demolition. Staff has notified the University that it has not applied for the necessary Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition. Staff has contacted the University and is working to develop a preservation strategy. The University says that it does not wish to demolish the building.

 

7.  Old Business

On November 14, 2016, the Historic Landmarks Commission presented an offer to purchase the Morgan School in the Cherry Neighborhood.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School has not responded to that offer.

 

8.  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, elizabeth.stuart@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.


July 17, 2018

The Charlotte City Council has scheduled public hearings in September for the following properties:

 

The Dr. Reginald Hawkins House
1703 Madison Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. Reginald Hawkins House


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

Wallace Log House


The Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery
3712 Monroe Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery