April 11, 2011
1. Presentation by Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of Central Piedmont
Dr. Zeiss wishes to report on an initiative that
is underway to highlight the Revolutionary War Era of Mecklenburg County.
2. City's Building
Code Enforcement Policy. Staff continues to meet with the
Neighborhood Services Department of the City to discuss how code enforcement
by the City can accommodate the special needs of historic landmarks.
Among the structures which the City is processing for possible demolition is
the Charles H. and Bess Smith House at 220 West Tenth St. in Fourth Ward.
An initial presentation has been made to the Charlotte City Council
requesting approval to move ahead with demolition. The City will have
to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the building.
3. Thrift Piedmont and
Northern Railroad Depot. 8030 Old Mt. Holly Road, Charlotte, N.C. Staff
will be meeting in the near future with NCDOT officials to discuss possible
arrangement for a cooperative approach for the preservation and restoration
of the building. Bryan Turner will be developing cost estimates for
moving and restoring the building.
4. Davis Brother Store. Bob Beatty Road, Charlotte, N.C.
An anonymous donor has donated funds to Preservation North Carolina to
assist with the mandated repairs to the buildings on the property.
Stewart Gray will be assisting with project management.
5. Dr. George E. Davis House. 301 Campus St., Charlotte, N.C.
The University is moving ahead with the appraisal
and has discussed with Bryan Turner the County's selection process for
architects. Discussions will occur in the future about the
specific arrangements for the transfer of the property. All will come
before the HLC for approval of disapproval.
6. National Register Nomination Preparation For Portions of
Pineville, N.C. Mattson Alexander Associates continues to work on the
preparation of the National Register Nomination for the commercial core of
Pineville and the former Cone Mill Village.
Pineville Savings and Loan Building, 314 Main St., Pineville, N.C.
The Appraisal has been received. The Projects Committee is
scheduled to meet on May 3rd at 8 a.m. to consider its recommendation to the
HLC. Staff assumes that this matter will come before the Commission at
its May meeting.
8. Grier-Rea House, 6701 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C. Staff has reactivated the application
to rezone the property for office use. The Planning Staff is
reconsidering its initial negative response.
9. Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C. Stewart
Gray did meet with the Town of Huntersville to discuss preservation
strategies for the property. The Town supports the preservation of the
building and has expressed an interest in using part of the property for
educational purposes. The Town, however, does not have funds available
to upfit the building at this time. There is significant development
occurring in the immediate area, and Staff believes that the Commission
should perform minimal stabilization at this time. Figures will be
presented to the Projects Committee.
10. McAuley House, 14335 Huntersville-Concord
Road, Huntersville, N.C.
Staff continues to believe that a bathroom and a kitchen should be put
in the building. This matter will be discussed at the May 3rd Projects
11. Younts General Store and
Blakenship Oil and Fuel Store, 316 and 330 E. Main St., Pineville, N.C.
The tenants are paying their rent, and the properties continue to be
12. White Oak Plantation, 7729 Hood Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Contracts have been signed for the replacement of the roof.
13. Certified Local Government Workshop.
The Commission will be
co-sponsoring a preservation workshop on May 19th in the
former Younts General Store Building, 316 Main St., Pineville, N.C.
Two members of the HLC must attend this workshop if the Commission is to
retain its CLG status. Representatives of preservation commissions
from throughout the region have been invited. Approximately 70
individuals have registered. The State Historic
Preservation Office will be assisting with administering the event.
Please mark it on your calendar. The theme will be the preservation of
outlying small towns in highly urbanized and suburbanized areas.
14. HLC Budget For FY 2012.
The Budget Department of the County has not contacted the HLC. I
assume that funding will remain at current level and will be paid from
demolition permit fees and the HLC's revolving fund.
15. Public Hearing on Sustare House.
The Town Board of Matthews will conduct its public hearing in April to
consider the designation of the Sustare House as a historic landmark.
16. Lecture at Duke Mansion.
David Erdman gave an excellent presentation on March 20, 2011. I will
be speaking at the Duke Mansion at 3 p.m. on May 15th. I will
highlight the work of the Historic Landmarks Commission and will show a
documentary on the vanishing rural built environment of