March 11, 2002
1. Patricia Nystrom will be
sending me a list of items the Commission must act on in anticipation of its
closing on the Grier House. These involve the Commission's acceptance
of the fact that Portrait Homes will not be obligated to begin construction
on the townhomes until three years after closing and that the Commission
will agree to terminate entrance rights along the existing driveway to the
house when the new entrance road is constructed.
1. At its January meeting,
the Commission voted to seek County Commission approval for a special
allocation of Land Bond money to its Revolving Fund so that the Commission
could purchase the Southern Public Utilities Streetcar Barn at Bland Sts.
and South Boulevard. At that time Charlotte Trolley had not committed
to writing its financial commitment to this undertaking. That
commitment has now been made. Click
here to read Charlotte Trolley's Letter. Charlotte Trolley will continue
to seek funds to allow it to purchase the building, but at this point it can
commit only to paying $3000 monthly rent if the Commission buys the
property. This is an important issue, since the Commission has agreed
to repay the County from Revolving Fund money if no other source of
repayment to the County is identified. The essential issue before the
Commission is whether you wish to continue with the action you have already
approved. If so, staff will direct Patricia Nystrom to begin contract
negotiations with Pappas Properties. Hopefully, the contract will be
brought to the HLC for its action at its May meeting. Staff will also
convene a meeting with County, City, HLC, Pappas Properties, and Charlotte
Trolley representatives to determine how each party might participate in
making this project happen.
2. Please be advised that the
Commission will hold a joint public hearing with the Charlotte City Council
on March 18th to consider historic landmark designation for the East Avenue
Tabernacle A.R.P. Church and the Grinnell Fire Extinguisher Company Complex.
I anticipate that you will be safe if you arrive at 7 p.m.
3. I have had extensive
conversations during the past month with the County Budget Department.
I had to identify a $700 cut in this year's budget. The money was
taken from printing. The Budget Department will not recommend any
betterments in the HLC's budget for next year. The budget might well
be cut, primarily in printing and in Professional Fees.
4. A public meeting will be
held at 6 p.m. on March 19th at the W. T. Alexander Plantation as part of
the rezoning process. Adjoining property owners and neighborhood
organizations have been invited to attend.
5. All impediments to the
County's transferring the Palmer Fire School to the Commission have been
removed. The Commission will be acquiring the property and seeking
proposals from developers.
6. Meetings have occurred
with CATS during the past month to discuss the Environmental Review process
for the South Corridor Light Rail Line.
7. Special thanks to the
County Parks and Recreation Department for replacing the roof on the
Davidson on-room schoolhouse at Rural Hill.
8. The County will be
planting a flowerbed around the sign in the front yard of the
Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House. I am interested in exploring placing a
flagpole in the front yard. I will discuss this possibility with the
Design Review Committee.
9. Discussions continue with
officials concerning the designation of the Charlotte Coliseum (Former) and
Ovens Auditorium as historic landmarks. The Coliseum Authority will
support designation of the exteriors of both buildings once renovations have
been completed -- the Fall of 2003. The Authority will also consult
with the HLC before any changes are made to the exteriors of the buildings.
10. Staff did visit with the
Vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church to discuss the prospect of historic
landmark designation for Rectory. The Vestry wishes designation to be
delayed until a master plan is completed for the property. I
anticipate that they will ask me to participate in the planning process.
Dan L. Morrill