Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Agenda – Projects Committee

June 4, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.
Draft Agenda

1. Chair’s Report: Len Norman (Interim)

2. Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3. Update on Torrence Lytle, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Torrence Lytle School

Michael Sullivan, realtor, advises that the prospective buyer of the Torrence Lytle School does not intend to move forward.  The immediate issue facing the Commission is the condition of the leaking roofs, especially on the wing buildings added to the original building in the mid-twentieth century.  Michael Sullivan will attend the meeting to discuss marketing strategies.  Peter Wasmer will update the Committee on the physical status of the property.

4. Update on Wadsworth House, 400 S. Summit Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Wadsworth House

Staff has talked with officials of South State Bank about the HLC’s commitment to assisting in the preservation of the house.  Also, as directed by the HLC, I have sent a letter to the Bank stating that the HLC will support any offer which preserves the house and the grounds of the property.  The HLC is awaiting developments.

5. Update on Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Wallace Log House

Click Here for Amendment to Contract

I have met with the owners of the property.  They have signed a document agreeing to extend the due diligence period until October 26th.  The HLC has voted to recommend the designation of the property as a historic landmark.  Necessary documentation has been sent to the Division of Archives and History.  A public hearing with City Council will be scheduled for September, and the designation of the property should occur in October.

Dixie and William Kelly, the owners of the property, would like to remain in the house for a period after the HLC acquires the property.  This would be advantageous to the HLC, as we prepare the property for active marketing in Spring 2019.  Sandy Carnegie has prepared a draft lease which has been sent to the owners for comment.

a. Discussion of Draft Lease  Click Here for Draft of the Lease

6. Update on Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Ingleside

a. Discussion of Amended Purchase Price.

The Historic Landmarks Commission passed a motion at its May meeting setting the top price the Commission will pay for the property.  Sandy Carnegie, HLC Attorney, advises that the price will have to adjusted upward.  He will explain.

Staff has secured County approval of funds to cover cleanup and maintenance costs at Ingleside.

b. Discussion of Settlement with Bank and Owner.

Sandy Carnegie, HLC Attorney, will explain the current legal status of the property.

7. Update on Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

Staff has secured County funding for moving Streetcar 85 from the North Carolina Transportation Museum to the Lakewood Trolley Storage Building in Charlotte. 

Greg Pappanastos, president of Lakewood Trolley, has been asked to attend the meeting to discuss the status of  Lakewood Trolley’s lease of Streetcar 85 from the HLC.

Staff is working out the details to encumber the money owed to the North Carolina Transportation Museum due to early termination of the lease of Streetcar 85 to the North Carolina Transportation Museum. 

8. Discussion of Status of Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Excelsior Club

The owner of the Excelsior Club has submitted an Application For A Certificate Of Appropriateness to demolish the Excelsior Club.  The owner has agreed to entering into an exclusive, assignable, option with the HLC to purchase the property.  However, the owner has established a price far above the amount established by an appraisal in April 2017.  Staff will recommend to the HLC that it delay the effective date of the COA for 365 days from the date of issuance.  This will allow time to investigate preservation strategies.

9. Update on Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymount Place, Charlotte, N.C.

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Realtor Eric Gamble will be present to update the Committee on marketing of the property.

At its May meeting, the HLC voted to place an architectural shingle roof on the house if such was necessary to protect the building.  Fred Caligiuri, the developer of the Cramer’s Pond Neighborhood, has not approved the roof.  He wants a slate or tile roof placed on the house.

10. New Business

11. Old 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, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.


May 8, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1. Chair’s Report: Len Norman (Interim)

2. Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3. Update on Charlotte Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

a.  Draft of Lease Agreement with Lakewood Trolley
Click Here for Lease Agreement

b.  Draft of Termination Agreement with North Carolina Transportation Museum
Click Here for Termination Agreement

4. Update on Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville
Click Here for Map of Property
Click Here for Offer to Purchase and Contract

Torrence Lytle School

The Commission has voted to accept an offer to purchase the Torrence Lytle School.  Len Norman has been meeting with the realtor to discuss minor revisions.

5. Update on the Wadsworth House, 400 South Summit Avenue, Charlotte
Click Here for Map of Property

Wadsworth House

The Commission has obtained an appraisal for the property.  The issue before the Committee is the formulation of a recommendation regarding the prospective purchase of the property by the HLC.

Records show that South State Bank has foreclosed on the property and is now the owner.  A private party is pursuing purchase of the property.  As a general rule, the Commission does not pursue purchase of a property when it will be preserved by another buyer.

6. Update on Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte
Click Here for Map of Property

Charles E. Barnhardt House

The property is being actively marketed.  There is no viable offer on the table.  

The Commission is required by contract to make improvements to the house, including repainting the exterior, glazing broken windows, demolishing the carport, and putting a roof on the house.  Staff has requested that recommendations for a roof be put before the HLC at its May 14th meeting.

7. Update on Albert Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte
Click Here for Map of Property
Click Here for Survey of Property
Click Here for S&R Report

Wallace Log House

8. Consideration of the Status of Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville

Click For Photographs of Ingleside
Click Here for Map of Property
Click Here for Historical Statement

Ingleside

Ingleside is the best ante-bellum Italianate style structure in Mecklenburg County.  The owner has submitted a deed in lieu of foreclosure to Sun Trust Bank.  The Historic Landmarks Commission purchased Ingleside over twenty years ago, placed preservation covenants in the deed, and sold Ingleside.  Therefore, the Commission has a first right of refusal to purchase Ingleside.  Staff believes that the Commission should approach Sun Trust Bank about the prospect of purchasing Ingleside.  If the property is placed under contract, closing would be dependent upon the County’s standard due diligence procedures.

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, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.

 


April 3, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Mark Miller

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Status Report on Charlotte Streetcar 85  (Closed Session?)

Charlotte Streetcar 85

Streetcar 85 is leased to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  The lease contract permits the Commission to terminate the lease and transport the Streetcar to Charlotte if Lakewood Trolley has demonstrated that it has the capacity to establish and maintain a vintage trolley operation in Charlotte.  The Projects Committee will discuss whether it should begin the process of returning Streetcar 85 to Charlotte.  Sandy Carnegie would be responsible for preparing the necessary documents if the decision is made to terminate the lease with the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

Len Norman and Dan Morrill and others did tour the building where Streetcar 85 will be stored if it is returned to Charlotte.

         Click For Streetcar Maintenance Schedule

Click Here For Proposed Lease Of Streetcar To Lakewood Trolley


4.  Update on Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Peter Wasmer and the Project Management Committee have completed the process of preparing the house for sale.  They will report on the progress they have made.  

Some sentiment has been expressed about the need for the Commission to consider purchasing an additional lot at the Barnhardt House.  Some believe that this will increase the marketability of the property.  The lot is available.

Must Be Considered In Closed Session.  

Click Here To See Lot.

       Click Here For Photographs Of Lot

Barnhardt House in 1999

I took this photograph from the driveway entrance to the Barnhardt property on July 14, 1999.  The Commission approached the owners about securing historic landmark designation for the 15-acre site.  The owners were not interested in designation.  

5.  Update on Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville

Torrence-Lytle School

Realtor Michael Sullivan of the Nichols Company continues to market the property.   The listing contract with the Nichols Company terminates in May.  An offer has been submitted for the HLC’s consideration.

         a.  Consideration of an offer from prospective buyers of the Torrence Lytle School.  Click To See Map Of Property

                 Click For Offer To Purchase

Update on Wadsworth House, 400 S. Summit Avenue, Charlotte

Wadsworth House

An appraisal of the property will be presented to the Historic Landmarks Commission at its April 9th meeting.

7.  Update on Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte

Wallace Log House

Click For Photos Of Wallace House

The Commission is under contract to purchase the property.  The Due Diligence Period has begun.  The Wallace House property will have to be designated as a historic landmark before closing.  Stewart Gray will do the architectural description, and I will seek approval to do the historical essay.  The Survey and Research Report will be presented directly to the HLC at its May meeting.  The purchase order for the appraisal has been approved.

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business

a.  Ingleside Plantation

Ingleside

The owner of Ingleside Plantation, which is protected by deed covenants placed by the HLC when it owned the property, has informed Staff that the property is about to go into foreclosure.  Staff is investigating the situation.


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, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov or at 2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 at least one week prior to commencement.

 


March 6, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report:  Mark Miller

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

a.  February 2018 Revolving Fund Report

3. Update on Former Fire Station Ten/Dowd House Project:  Dan Morrill

Dowd House

 

Fire Station No. 10

Staff Comment.  The County continues to consider options for the future status of the Dowd House and Former Fire Station No. 10.  No action by the Committee is necessary at this time.  Representatives of the Camp Greene Neighborhood have requested to address the Historic Landmarks Commission about this issue at the March 12th meeting of the HLC.

4.  Update on Charles E. Barnhardt House Restoration: Peter Wasmer and Project Management Committee

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Staff Comment.  Peter Wasmer and the Project Management Committee are overseeing this project.  Staff appreciates the expertise that Tom Egan, Garrett Nelson, and Laura Hoover are devoting to this effort.  Staff also thanks Peter Wasmer for his service.

5.  Status Report On Charlotte Streetcar 85:  Dan Morrill

a.  Revised Trolley Budget

Charlotte Streetcar 85

 

Belmont Trolley Cart

 

Charlotte Trolley Cart

Staff Comment.  The Historic Landmarks Commission has voted to spend up to $30,000 to secure a generator and associated materials to power Charlotte Streetcar 85, which is currently leased to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  The Museum is hoping to have Streetcar 85 operational by the end of 2018.  Lakewood Trolley is also wanting to have Streetcar 85 returned to Charlotte.  

Chris Allen at Staff’s request has developed a revised budget which would require the HLC to approve the expenditure of additional money.  

6.  Discussion Of  Prospective Purchase Of The Wadsworth House, 400 South Summit Ave., Charlotte:  Dan Morrill and Sandy Carnegie.  This matter must be discussed in closed session.

Wadsworth House

7.  Discussion Of The Prospective Purchase Of The Wallace Cabin, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte:  Dan Morrill and Sandy Carnegie.  This matter must be discussed in closed session.

Click Here For Exterior Images of Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business


February 5, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

 

1.  Chair’s Report:  Mark Miller

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

Options For Project Management

Click For List Of Endangered Landmarks

3.  Update On Charles E. Barnhardt House:  Dan Morrill and Peter Wasmer

Charles E. Barnhardt House – 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte

Peter Wasmer is meeting regularly with the Barnhardt Ad Hoc Committee to discuss progress on the house.  Cleanup of the site and tarping of the roof have begun.  The Ad Hoc Committee is recommending that a tile roof be placed on the house, which will require asking the Board of County Commissioners for additional money.  

HLC Staff has scheduled a meeting with Leslie Johnson, Assistant City Manager, to discuss possible ways to secure additional project manager support for the HLC.  

      Eric Gamble, realtor, will attend the meeting.

4.  Update On Torrence Lytle School:  Dan Morrill

Torrence Lytle School – 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville

Michael Sullivan of the Norris Company is marketing the property for sale.  He has shown the property to prospective buyers but nobody has come forward with an offer.  Mr. Sullivan,  realtor, will attend the meeting.

5.  Update On Charlotte Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

In December 2016 the Commission voted to spend funds to secure a generator to power Streetcar 85.  The streetcar is now on a 5-year lease to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  The Museum has informed me that additional money will be needed beyond that approved by the HLC.  Staff will be preparing a Request For Board Action for submission to the County for the approval of final amount of funds approved by the HLC.

Lakewood Trolley, a not-for-profit organization, is working to establish a vintage trolley line in West Charlotte.  The hope is that Streetcar 85 will return to Charlotte when Lakewood Trolley can demonstrate that it has the ability to operate the streetcar.

Click Here To See Video Of Streetcar Being Moved From Cats Garage

6.  Update On Former Fire Station Number 10 & Dowd House

Dowd House – 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte

Former Charlotte Fire Station #10 – 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte

Things are beginning to come to a head on this issue.  Money has been pledged by prospective buyers of the two buildings.  The County Attorney is considering the most appropriate ways the purchase money or some portion thereof might be earmarked for the HLC’s revolving fund.  Staff continues to participate in discussions.

7.  Update On The Walnut Avenue Project

Walnut Avenue Project – 817-19 and 821 Walnut Avenue, Charlotte

The Drakeford Company has decided that it will place preservation covenants in the deed to assure preservation.  Staff has put Bobby Drakeford in touch with Preservation North Carolina to discuss details.  The Drakeford Company is still seeking rezoning for the property. 

8.  Update On Holly Bend Project

Holly Bend – 3701 Neck Road, Huntersville

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has decided to retain ownership of Holly Bend.  The HLC’s involvement in the project will be design review.

9.  Update On Edward Rozzel Farm

Edward Rozzel Farm – 11601 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte

The sale of the Edward Rozzel Farm has closed.  The photograph shows the buyers repairing the gutters on the Rozzel House.

10.  Old Business

11.  New Business