Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

2017-2018 Projects Agendas

June 4, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

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 SchoolCli

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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

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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

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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.


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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 be 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 Charlotte 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

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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 enter 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

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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. Update on Potential Demolition of the William and Laura McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

McConnell House

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11. Old Business

12. New Business


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1. Chair’s Report:  Mark Miller

2. Consulting Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

3. Update on the Rozzel Farm:  Dan Morrill and Eric Gamble

The prospective buyer has withdrawn the letter of intent. Eric Gamble, realtor, will be exposing the property for MLS listing. HLC Staff will meet with Brian Jenest to consider development options for the property.

4. Update on Possible Participation in the Preservation of Houses
in Wesley Heights: Dan Morrill and Bobby Drakeford

Description of Wesley Heights Project – Walnut Avenue

Bobby Drakeford, the developer, will be submitting a rezoning application for the properties at 817-819 and 821 Walnut Avenue. Mr. Drakeford is seeking HLC participation in the improvement of the property. Specifically, he proposes that the HLC purchase, preserve, and sell the existing house and duplex. Mr. Drakeford would subdivide the property, purchase the rear portion, and construct townhouses. HLC Staff understands that this proposal would have to go through the standard due diligence process. Staff is enthusiastic about possible HLC involvement because the project would demonstrate how preservation can be compatible with new construction. 

5. Update on Status of the Charles E. Barnhardt House:  Dan Morrill, Stewart Gray, Jay Rhodes

Due Diligence and Appraisal
Request for Board Action
Barnhardt Comps from August 31, 2016
Comparable Listings from the Past Year and Comparative Market Analysis

Jay Rhodes, of the County Asset and Facility Management department, has informed HLC Staff that Peter Wasmer, Project Manager for the Barnhardt project, is on leave until October 22nd. In view of this fact, the County will need to have the HLC hire and pay a Project Manager to assume all or some part of the management of the upfit of the house and grounds. This will add some costs to the project.

6. Update on Status of the Torrence Lytle School:  Dan Morrill and Sandy Carnegie

If the prospective buyer does not close on the property, the HLC has decided to expose the property to the market for a period of one year. The Commission will need to select a realtor to market the property.

7. Old Business

The County has obtained its appraisal of the James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station Number 10.  Stewart Gray will complete the physical description of the interior of Former Fire Station Number 10 when the County completes the environmental cleanup of the building.  The County will be holding discussions with the HLC Staff about preservation strategies for the properties.

8. New Business