Bruce Bowers, experienced filmmaker, has produced the following video highlighting projects of the HLC’s Revolving Fund.
1. Projects Committee Revolving Fund Projects.
The Historic Landmarks Commission sold two properties during 2017 and placed a third under contract. All had preservation deed covenants established which assured the property’s preservation.
A. Properties Sold.
1) Delburg Cotton Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson. This was the HLC’s first revolving fund project in the Town of Davidson. It is a representative example of mill workers’ housing in Davidson. It will be restored by the owner in 2018.
2) Phillips House and Morris Barn, 131 W. Charles Street, Matthews. The Commission sold the house and barn, thereby assuring that the house and barn will be preserved. The house is being restored by the owner.
B. Property Placed Under Contract For Sale.
1) Edward Rozzel Farm, 11647 Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte. The Commission is scheduled to close on this property by January 12th. Again, the sale will assure the preservation of this rural remnant of Mecklenburg County’s rural built environment by placing preservation covenants in the deed.
C. Properties Purchased.
1) Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte. The Commission has purchased the house and will begin upfitting it in the near future. The property is being marketed for sale.
D. On-Going Projects.
1) General Motors New Style Bus. The Commission is working to place the sole remaining New Style GM Bus in Charlotte back in service. The bus is presently located at the CATS Garage. Staff will be working to place it at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
2) Charlotte Streetcar 85. The Commission restored Streetcar 85 and placed it in service in Charlotte in the mid-1990s. It is currently on lease to the North Carolina Transportation Museum. There is interest in returning the Streetcar to Charlotte and placing it in service along the Stewart Creek Greenway.
3) Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville. The Commission is actively marketing the property. The realtor, Michael Sullivan, has a six-month listing. The property is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
4) Morgan School, 500 South Torrence Street, Charlotte. The Commission has submitted an offer to purchase the Morgan School. It is awaiting a response from CMS.
5) Walnut Avenue Project, 817-819 and 821 Walnut Avenue, Charlotte. If the Drakeford Company secures rezoning, it will most likely approach the HLC about purchasing the two historic buildings located on the property.
6) Former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10 and the James C. Dowd House, 2136 Remount Road and 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte. The Commission is working with the County on a possible transfer of ownership of the two properties to the HLC, which in turn would convey the properties to a private owner.
7) Holly Bend, 3701 Neck Road, Huntersville. The Commission is in the earliest stages of discussing how the HLC might be involved in a long-term preservation strategy for this property.
2. Survey Committee Activities
A. Survey and Research Reports
1) Parkwood A.R.P. Church, 1017 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte
2) Charlotte Fire Equipment, Charlotte
3) Freeman House, 201 South Ames Street, Matthews
4) Wilmore Elementary School, 428 West Boulevard, Charlotte
5) Former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte
6) Rudisil Gold Mine Pump Shaft Head, 317 W. Summit Avenue, Charlotte
7) Red Front Department Store, 1125 Belmont Avenue, Charlotte
8) Highland Park Mill Number One, 340 E. 16th Street, Charlotte
9) Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte
10) Sherrill-Robbins House, 19726 Zion Avenue, Cornelius
B. Properties Designated As Historic Landmarks
1) Star St. Matthews Masonic Lodge, 124 Morris Road, Matthews
2) Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte
3) Sherrill-Robbins House, 19726 Zion Avenue, Cornelius
4) Red Front Department Store, 1125 Belmont Avenue, Charlotte
3. Design Review Committee Activities.
The exercise of design review remains a major responsibility of the Historic Landmarks Commission. In addition to the Certificates of Appropriateness listed below, the Commission also issued 44 Minor Works Certificates of Appropriateness.
A. Major Certificates Of Appropriateness Issued.
1) Thrift Cotton Mill — partial demolition — Charlotte
2) Nebel Mill — material alteration — Charlotte
3) Craig House — material alteration — Charlotte
4) Wilson House — delayed demolition — Huntersville
5) Mabonsie — material alteration — Davidson
6) Sandifer House — material alteration — Charlotte
7) Jennie Alexander Duplex — material alteration — Charlotte
8) Kilgo House — material alteration — Charlotte
9) Nebel Mill — material alteration — Charlotte
10) Johnston Building — material alteration — Charlotte
11) Phillips House & Morris Barn — material alteration — Matthews
12) Delburg Cotton Mill House — material alteration — Davidson
13) Query-Spivey-McGee — delayed demolition — Charlotte
14) Hennigan Place — material alteration — Charlotte
15) Rural Hill — material alteration — Huntersville
16) VanLandingham Estate — delayed demolition — Charlotte
17) Delburg Cotton Mill House — material alteration — Davidson
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.
All Commissioners are welcome to come to the Projects Committee Meeting.