Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Agenda – Projects Committee

May 6, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

a.  Discussion of Impact of Option to Purchase Process.  Leslie Johnson has described the governing process as it presently stands.

       1)  All Options to Purchase must be approved by BOCC.

2)  Purchase price must be “reasonable” as determined by appraisal or realtor’s comps.  If latter is used language must be included stating that price could be adjusted.

3) HLC should seek to identify buyer to whom to assign the option.

4)  If the HLC decides to purchase the property, the HLC must return to the BOCC for approval after performing full due diligence.

5)  In instances when the HLC isn’t planning to purchase the property, it may choose to perform some elements of due diligence.  However, it would be based on HLC direction to the Consulting Director.

3.  Update on Projects: Dan Morrill and Peter Wasmer

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

No Purchase Agreement from prospective buyer has been received.  HLC has approved demolishing all buildings except the original school building, stabilizing the original school building, and placing the property back on the market.  There has been some discussion of retaining Building D (Cafeteria Building).

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

Closing is scheduled for June 4th.

c.  Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte, N.C.

Mold and asbestos remediation is to occur this week.  Peter is working with obtaining money from County insurance to repair storm damage to the house.  House will be painted when repairs are complete.

d.  Edgewood Farm, 11132 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Staff has been working with the owner to devise a preservation strategy.  Possible candidate for Option to Purchase.

e.  Former Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Peter Wasmer has ordered an appraisal.  Once Board of County Commissioners approves funding, Peter will order a Phase 2 Environmental Assessment.  Earnest money has been deposited.

f.  James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station #10, 2216 Monument Avenue and 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Sandy Carnegie is reviewing Memorandum of Agreement prepared by Mecklenburg County.

g.  Louise Cotton Mill House, 1104 Pamlico Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Appraisal has been sent to Peter Wasmer.  Earnest money has been deposited.  Due diligence shall commence once County funding is approved.

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

Prospective buyer of rear lots has not yet secured financing.  Good candidate for Option to Purchase.

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

Preserve Mecklenburg has submitted an offer to purchase a lot to which the house can be moved.  Owner of lot has yet to respond to the offer.  Staff has asked Martin Marietta to make a contribution to the move equivalent to the expense of demolishing the house.

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

No additional information has been provided to the HLC.

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

Johnson C. Smith University is developing a stabilization plan for presentation to the city code enforcement committee in August.  The University has asked the HLC to meet with University officials to discuss proposal offered by the HLC.

4.  Discussion of Ranking of Projects

5.  Consideration of Amendment To The HLC Manual Of Practice.

IV. MEETINGS

G. Telephonic and electronic attendance at meetings.

(a) Committee meetings. Commission members may attend committee meetings by telephone or other electronic means when they are unable to attend in person and with permission of the Chair and Vice-Chair. Commissioners who plan to attend by electronic means should notify the Chair and Vice-Chair at least 48 hours in advance. Commissioners attending electronically are entitled to vote and fully participate in the business of the committee meeting.

(b) Commission meetings. Commissioners may attend regular and special meetings by telephone or other electronic means where: (i) permitted by the Chair and Vice-Chair; (ii) necessary to achieve a quorum; and (iii) attendance is precluded due to weather, civil unrest, emergency, etc. Commissioners may attend Commission meetings by telephone or other electronic means for emergency meetings.

Under 13. GUIDELINES FOR PROJECTS AND REAL ESTATE ACQUISITIONS

4.         It is recognized by the HLC that real estate represents a sometimes-volatile market and there is the necessity to make decisions quickly in order to preserve historic landmarks. After the HLC has voted to purchase or sell a historic landmark and to further the purpose of being able to react quickly, the HLC shall have the ability to appoint the Executive Committee to negotiate contract details for the purchase and sale of historic landmarks. Further, the Executive Committee in carrying out its function of negotiation as set forth herein may utilize telephonic or electronic communications as long as a record is made of such communication and made a part of the record and entered into the HLC minutes as soon as possible within a reasonable time after the negotiations are concluded, subject to §143-318.11(a)(5). The Executive Committee may only negotiate the terms of a contract within the parameters as set forth by the HLC.

6.  The Committee will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11. 

7.  Old Business

8.  New Business


March 25, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Brief Update on Projects: Dan Morrill and Peter Wasmer

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

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

c. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte, N.C.

Barnhardt Budget

d.  Edgewood Farm, 11132 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, N.C.

e.  Former Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

f.  James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station #10, 2216 Monument Avenue and 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

g.  Streetcar #85

h.  Trolley Car #1

4.  Discussion of Ranking of Projects

February 2019 Project Budget

5.  The Committee will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11. 

6.  Old Business

7.  New Business

 


March 5, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

a.  Discussion with Realtors for the Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

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b.  Consideration of Payment for Electrical Service for Testing of Streetcar 85 for damage. (From Operational Budget)

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3.  Update on Projects

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

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The Historic Landmarks Commission is working with a prospective buyer of the property. Term sheet to be discussed.

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

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A prospective buyer is performing due diligence. Expected contract will be discussed.

c.  Dowd House and Former Fire Station No. 10, 2216 Monument Street and 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Discussions with Mecklenburg County regarding the future of the property continue.

d.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

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Sandy Carnegie and Peter Wasmer continue to work on securing proposals for the environmental clean up of the property.  The owner is also seeking a remedy to the need for an environmental cleanup.

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

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Discussions of future preservation strategies continue. The owner has a Certificate of Appropriateness which will allow the structure to be demolished on or after June 12, 2019. The Historic Landmarks Commission might consider securing record photographs of the property. Historic Charlotte has nominated the Excelsior Club for listing by the National Trust for Historic Preservation of one of the country’s most endangered historic landmarks.  

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

Staff continues to move forward with the necessary repairs to the house. Stewart Gray is working to have electricity restored at the house, and Peter Wasmer will be moving ahead with additional repairs.  The owner has signed an Option held by Preservation North Carolina to purchase two adjoining lots.  

g.  Louise Mill Mill Houses, 1104 and 1108 Pamlico Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Staff has met with the owners of the houses.  The owners have agreed to sell the houses, which will have to be designated as historic landmarks before closing. Otherwise, the owner is not interested in historic landmark designation.

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

The owner has a Certificate of Appropriateness which will allow the demolition of the house to occur on or after June 12, 2019. The Ad Hoc Committee continues to search for a site to which it would be economically viable to move the house. The Historic Landmarks Commission might consider securing record photographs of the property. 

4.  The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11. 

5.  Old Business

6.  New Business


February 4, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Update on Projects

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

The COA application for the demolition of the two wing buildings is in process. Peter Wasmer is gathering information about the cost of demolishing the wing buildings and determining if the demolition of the wing buildings will in any way potentially damage the original building.  Information should be available for the meeting.

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

The roof repair is in process and the prospective buyers continue to perform due diligence. Staff anticipates that an offer on the property will be forthcoming. 

c.  Dowd House and Former Fire Station No. 10, 2216 Monument Street and 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Discussions with Mecklenburg County regarding the future of the property continue.

d.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Sandy Carnegie and Peter Wasmer continue to work on securing proposals for the environmental clean up of the property.

e.  Edgewood Farm, 11132 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Staff is meeting with the owner of Edgewood Farm to discuss the status of selling the property.

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

The owner of the Excelsior Club has yet to sign the memorandum agreement. Discussions of future preservation strategies continue.  Efforts will be made to secure an option to purchase, and Preservation North Carolina has agreed to hold the option.

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

Eric Gamble and Edwin Wilson have each done a market analysis of the Victor Shaw House. The owner has requested a reduction of the delay of the effective date of the COA. The HLC will receive a recommendation from the Design Review Committee at its February meeting. 

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

Waiver of Liability – Individual

Waiver of Liability – Photographer

Staff continues to move forward with the necessary repairs to the house. Stewart Gray is working to have electricity restored at the house, and Peter Wasmer will be moving ahead with additional repairs.  The Permit has been issued for the installation of electric power, and the contractor plans to do the job on February 12th.

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

The City Housing Board has granted an extension of the hearing on the code violations that the Johnson C. Smith University has been ordered to make or to move forward with the demolition of the building.

4.  The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11. 

5.  Old Business

6.  New Business


January 7, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report:  Len Norman

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

a.  HLC Revolving Fund Budget Report

b.  Renewal of Listing with Eric Gamble of HM Properties for Charles E. Barnhardt House.

3.  Update on Projects

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

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Staff will report on the mold remediation status and bringing electrical service to the house.

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

Staff will be gathering data on the cost and feasibility of demolishing the two wing buildings on the original building.

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

Ingleside

Stewart Gray will be working with the Town of Huntersville to consider possible text amendments to the zoning ordinance giving greater latitude for development of historic landmarks.

Staff continues to negotiate with a prospective buyer of the property.

d.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Wallace House

The due diligence period has been extended until May 1, 2019.  Staff is securing estimates for environmental cleanup.

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

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Staff is working with the City and Johnson C. Smith University to devise a preservation strategy for the property.

f.  Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10, 2216 Monument Street and 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

James C. Dowd House

 

Former Charlotte Fire Station #10

The County continues to consider qualifications of prospective buyers.

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

McConnell House

Staff continues to work with ad hoc Committee to consider possible locations to which the house can be moved.

h.  Charlotte Streetcar No. 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

The technician to assess damage is scheduled to come to Charlotte on January 28th.

The following items will be considered in closed session.

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

The Committee will consider prospective purchase of the property.

5.  Louise Cotton Mill Houses

The Committee will consider perspective purchase of two Louise Cotton Mill Houses.

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

A prospective assignee for the Option to Purchase has been identified.

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

Excelsior Club

Staff is awaiting the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the owner.

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business