Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission has completed a survey project that concentrated on identifying historic African American resources along a portion of Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte. The area studied is located between the Brookshire Freeway and Interstate 85, and includes the Washington Heights Neighborhood, the University Park Neighborhood, and the many houses and commercial and institutional buildings that front directly onto Beatties Ford Road. While nearby areas associated with the African American community had been investigated and/or inventoried, no inventory of the subject area’s important historic resources had been made. In addition, the HLC recognized a need to develop general history of the large and prominent University Park Neighborhood.

Under contract with the HLC, historical consultant and Johnson C. Smith University Archivist Brandon Lunsford began the survey work and historical research in late 2019. The results are impressive and important for understanding the development of African American communities on Charlotte’s West Side and the overall history of Charlotte. 

Overview of the Beatties Ford Road Corridor Survey Project

  • 2600 Beatties Ford Road

Washington Heights

While there has been solid academic research into the history of Washington Heights, the HLC previously did not have an inventory of the properties in the historic neighborhood. 112 structures in Washington Heights were identified during the survey.

Washington Heights Inventory Spreadsheet


Beatties Ford Road

This survey concentrated on the houses, commercial buildings, and institutional buildings that front directly onto Beatties Ford Road. All pre-1945 structures were inventoried, and any property built before 1970 with potential architectural or historically significance was inventoried.

Beatties Ford Road Historic Properties Inventory Spreadsheet


University Park

No general history of the University Park Neighborhood could be identified by HLC Staff, and thus the production of a concise history of the neighborhood became a priority of the project.

University Park Historical Essay

University Park is a large neighborhood, containing hundreds of homes. A complete inventory of the neighborhood was not deemed feasible for this project. Instead the project concentrated on homes with strong architectural or historical significance.

Significant University Park Properties Spreadsheet

The University Park Neighborhood grew in stages, and initial research into the area failed to identify a definitive boundary of the neighborhood. Using recorded subdivision maps, HLC Staff and the historical consultant were able to develop a boundary of the historic neighborhood. An interesting finding of the Survey is that the residential blocks along Maribe Av, Estelle St, Taylor Av, McDonald St, and portions of Remington St were parts of an early 20th Century un-named neighborhood developed by the Biddleville Development Company.

University Park Boundary Map


The next meeting of the Design Review Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will be held VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, September 30 at 8:00 a.m.

Access to the meeting will be provided by both video (internet) and audio (internet OR telephone).

The public will be given the opportunity to speak on the agenda items. In order to speak, you must register by 12:00 p.m. on September 29 by sending your name and agenda item of interest to Elizabeth.Stuart@MeckNC.gov. Note that comments will be limited to THREE MINUTES per speaker. 

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Access Information for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Meeting:

HLC Staff is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for the regular HLC meeting, September 14, 6pm.

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The next meeting of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will be held VIRTUALLY on Monday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. in order to maintain social distancing as directed by public health officials. Access to the meeting will be provided by both video (internet) and audio (internet OR telephone).

The public will be given the opportunity to speak on the agenda items. In order to speak, you must register by 4:00 p.m. on September 14 by sending your name and agenda item of interest to Elizabeth.Stuart@MeckNC.gov. Note that comments will be limited to THREE MINUTES per speaker. 

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Access Information for the Design Review Committee Meeting:

HLC Staff is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: August 26th  DRC Meeting

Time: Aug 26, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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The next meeting of the Design Review Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will be held VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, August 26 at 8:00 a.m.

Access to the meeting will be provided by both video (internet) and audio (internet OR telephone).

The public will be given the opportunity to speak on the agenda items. In order to speak, you must register by 12:00 p.m. on August 25 by sending your name and agenda item of interest to Elizabeth.Stuart@MeckNC.gov. Note that comments will be limited to THREE MINUTES per speaker. 

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Access Information for the Survey Committee Meeting:

HLC Staff is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Survey Committee

Time: Aug 19, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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The next meeting of the Survey Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will be held VIRTUALLY on Wednesday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Access to the meeting will be provided by both video (internet) and audio (internet OR telephone).

The public will be given the opportunity to speak on the agenda items. In order to speak, you must register by 12:00 p.m. on August 19 by sending your name and agenda item of interest to Elizabeth.Stuart@MeckNC.gov. Note that comments will be limited to THREE MINUTES per speaker. 

PLEASE NOTE

Instructions and a link for attending the meeting will be posted here by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

You should plan to log into the meeting by 5:45 p.m. on the day of the meeting to ensure that you will be admitted to the entire meeting. Please sign in with your first and last name. 

For the best results we strongly urge you to download the Zoom meeting app well in advance of the meeting and familiarize yourself with the software.

If, for any reason, there are technical problems with the Virtual Meeting before or during the meeting, please return to this page to repeat the login process and/or for any additional instructions or information.