Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Directors Reports

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

Letter from Laurel Street Developers

Tyson and Regina Bates, prospective buyers of the property, plan to bring an offer to the table in the near future.  Staff has asked them to submit a business plan for their intent to establish a school in the buildings.

A party has also expressed interest in acquiring the former Cafeteria Building. 

Staff believes that it would be prudent to demolish the two 1950’s wing buildings at the Torrence Lytle School.  Staff will be developing costs estimates and the potential impact upon the original school building of doing this.  This information will be presented to the Projects Committee and the Design Review Committee early next year.

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

HLC Staff continues to pursue a deliberate process to determine the best strategy to assure the long-term preservation of the property.  The PNC/HLC event on December 2nd and the Charrette/Workshop on December 4th were both successful.

It is the intent of Staff to seek an amendment to the Huntersville zoning ordinance that will allow greater latitude for adaptive reuses of designated historic landmarks.  Toward this end, Staff will be gathering information on successful adaptive reuse projects elsewhere in preparation for a presentation to the Town of Huntersville.

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

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Repairs of the Barnhardt House continue.  The most immediate needs are roof and structural damage caused by trees falling on the house and the removal of mold in the basement.  Also, prospective buyers visited the house on Saturday.

4.  Former Fire Station Number Ten, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C., and the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

 

Mecklenburg County will be evaluating proposals submitted by respondents to the Request For Qualifications. The HLC will have representatives on the Committee that reviews submissions.

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

McConnell House

Martin Marietta has stated that the McConnell House must be moved.  The Projects Committee has appointed William Hughes and Edwin Wilson to an ad-hoc committee to work with Staff to determine the cost of moving the house.

6.  Victor Shaw House, 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

The Design Review Committee will have a recommendation regarding this property to be considered later in the meeting.

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

The prospective buyer of the VanLandingham Estate continues to perform due diligence.

8.  American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1300 Block of Charlottetowne Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

American Legion Memorial Stadium

The Design Review Committee will have a recommendation regarding this property to be considered later in the meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


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

The Projects Committee has a recommendation regarding arrangements for conducting an adaptive reuse study of the property. This will be considered under the regular agenda.

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

The property continues to be marketed by Edwin Wilson, Jr.  The option to purchase is in place.  The Commission will need to consider in December whether it will acquire the property if no assignee is identified.

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

Johnson C. Smith University is conducting a study of prospective uses of the building.  Decisions regarding the future of the property will not occur until that study is completed.  A hearing before the Charlotte Code Enforcement authorities is scheduled in the near future.

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

Letter from Laurel Street Developers

Dionne Nelson of Laurel Street Developers has submitted a report on the development potential of the property.  A multi-family development is not possible without a substantial subsidy.  The most likely scenario would be a single family development, but not in the near future.  I am checking with the Town of Huntersville to determine if commercial shopping exists within one mile of the property.  If so, the property might become competitive for multi-family housing subsidies.

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

HLC Staff is pursuing a deliberate process to determine the best strategy to assure the long-term preservation of the property.  Preservation North Carolina and the HLC will co-host a PNC fundraising event at Ingleside on December 2nd.  A design workshop is scheduled for December 4th, and Jennifer Coots is working with Staff on arrangements.

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

City Council has approved historic landmark designation of the property.  Staff is awaiting the results of an environmental assessment of a refuse pit before closing.  The due diligence period has been extended until November 30th.  The property will be marketed by real estate agent, Eric Gamble.

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

Several trees fell on the house in a recent storm and did some damage to the roof.  Peter Wasmer reports that the trees have been removed.  The carport was also demolished as requested by the developer of Cramer’s Pond.  Peter Wasmer is investigating what coverage is available from insurance.

8.  Former Fire Station Number Ten, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C., and the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

 

Mecklenburg County will be evaluating proposals submitted by respondents to the Request For Qualifications. The HLC will have representatives on the Committee that reviews submissions.

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

McConnell House

Martin Marietta has stated that the McConnell House must be moved.  The Projects Committee has appointed William Hughes and Edwin Wilson to an ad-hoc committee to work with Staff to determine the cost of moving the house.

10.  Victor Shaw House, 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte.

The owner of the Victor Shaw House has submitted an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the Victor Shaw House.  The Design Review Committee will consider this issue at its November meeting.  The essential issue will be whether the HLC will delay the effective date of the COA.

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

The prospective buyer of the VanLandingham Estate continues to perform due diligence.

12.  Designation of Historic Landmarks.

City Council voted in October to designate the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery and the Wallace House as historic landmarks.  It also removed historic landmark designation from a portion of the Hennigan Place.

13.  Certified Local Government Training.

Tom Egan, Garrett Nelson, Edwin Wilson, Diane Althouse, Peter Wasmer, and I attended the Preservation Training Workshop held in Greensboro in October.  It was a worthwhile endeavor, which fulfills this year’s training requirements for the CLG program.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


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

The Board of County Commissioners did not approve the Option to Purchase the Excelsior Club which the Historic Landmarks Commission had negotiated with the owner.  The Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of the Excelsior Club will become effective in June 2019.

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.  Several agents and prospective buyers have visited the property.

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

Johnson C. Smith University is conducting a study of prospective uses of the building.  Decisions regarding the future of the property will not occur until that study is completed.  Staff did meet with University officials to discuss the situation, and dialogue will continue. 

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

Staff has contacted Laurel Street Developers to examine potential uses of the property.  That study is underway.

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

Staff has met with the Huntersville Planning Director and the Huntersville Town Manager to discuss the possibility of amending the Huntersville zoning ordinance to provide greater latitude for uses of historic landmarks.  HLC Staff is pursuing a deliberate process to determine the best strategy to assure the long-term preservation of the property.  Preservation North Carolina and the HLC will co-host a PNC fundraising event at Ingleside on December 2nd.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation about the hiring of a consultant to assist with preparing a design workshop at Ingleside later this year.

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

City Council will vote this month on the prospective designation of the Wallace House as a historic landmark.  The Projects Committee will present a recommendation regarding conducting an environmental assessment of the refuse pit at the Wallace property.

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

The architectural shingle roof is installed.  The Projects Committee will present a recommendation regarding seeking funds to make additional improvements to the property.

8.  Former Fire Station Number Ten, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C., and the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

 

Mecklenburg County has distributed a Request for Qualifications to potential buyers of the two properties.  The HLC will have representatives on the Committee that reviews submissions.

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

McConnell House

Martin Marietta, the owner, is considering whether it will allow the McConnell House to be preserved at its current location.

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

Staff continues to discuss the future disposition of the property.  

11.  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.   

City Council will vote on the historic landmark designation of these properties this month.

 

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

The owner of the VanLandingham Estate holds Certificates of Appropriateness that legally will allow him to demolish the VanLandingham Estate in November.  HLC Staff is investigating the status of the property.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


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


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