March 12, 2007
1. The Citizens Capital Budget Advisory
Committee met with Len Norman and me on February 21st. The Committee
and the County Manager will be formulating a recommendation regarding the
HLC's request to have bond funds for the HLC's revolving fund placed on the
ballot in the Fall. Staff will keep you advised.
2. The County Budget Department will be
completing its recommended budget for the HLC's operating funds for next
year. I will bring this before the HLC for action when the Budget
Department has completed its work.
3. The issue of the future of Spirit
Square has become highly political, and it looks like the HLC will most
likely not be involved in the the proposed sale of the property. It is
my belief that the use of the building is not a preservation issue unless
the proposed use would alter the historic integrity of the former First
4. There is approximately $10,000 remaining in the account for
preparing Survey and Research Reports. This money must be spent by
June 30th. I propose that at this meeting the Commission approve the
preparation of two Survey and Research Reports for presentation to the
Survey Committee at its next meeting. The two buildings are in Center
City Charlotte and were identified has having special significance in the
Uptown Charlotte Survey conducted by the Commission two years ago. The
two buildings are: Carolina Tire and Rim Co. Building (owner favors
designation) and former Fire Station No. 4, which is owned by Bank of
America. If approved, I would prepare both reports. Total cost:
There is a joint public hearing scheduled for next Monday, March 19th, to
consider the prospective designation of the Coffee Cup Restaurant as a
historic landmark. The meeting commences at 6 p.m.
6. The plastic coverings for the
windows at Grace A.M.E. Zion Church should be installed by next weekend.
Staff did talk with the prospective buyer. He is still attempting to
arrange financing and wants to purchase the building.
7. Staff continues to work with Pat Nystrom in obtaining approval for the interlocal agreement that will allow
the Commission to continue to function for the outlying towns.
8. Staff has met with the
prospective buyer for the Hayes Byrum Store in Steele Creek.
Discussions are on-going about the fate of three historic landmarks that
would be affected by the development.
Rehabilitation of the N. S. Alexander House continues. There is an
issue with respect to the prospective buyer's wishes about the HLC's
replacing window frames. I presume this matter will have to come
before the Commission in executive session.
10. The closing on the Oehler House has
occurred. Congratulations to everyone involved.
Staff continues to work with the County Park and Recreation Department to
obtain final approval for the lot for the McAuley House, so the house can be
moved to its permanent location.
12. Len Norman and I will be meeting with
the new Director of the Park and Recreation Department on Friday to discuss
how the two agencies can continue to work together to advance their shared
13. I have asked Robert Schmitt to
develop cost estimates for expanding the scope of the renovation of the
Sidney and Ethel Grier House to include an
additional bathroom and completing the kitchen. Bryan Turner will be
presenting the cost estimates will be
working to move this project forward.
15. Environmental assessment of the
Torrence Lytle School has been completed. Bryan Turner will be
presenting cost estimates.
16. The owner of the Home Federal Savings
and Loan Building supports the removal of the historic landmark designation
of substantial portions of the upper floors of the building. Staff
believes that such action is justified because the upper floors retain
little historic integrity. A motion from the Commission is needed to
move this matter forward.
17. The ordinance for the N. S. Alexander
House must be amended to make the land coincide with the upcoming sale of
the property. A motion from the Commission is needed to move this
Dan L. Morrill