Location: 2100 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, N. C.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Richard Alsop III,/Mayor, HLC Chair
Mr. Louis Asbury, IV/County
Mr. Matthew Benson, Mayor, Design Review Com. Chair
Mr. Frank Bragg/City
Mr. William T. Hobbs/County, White Oak Chair
Ms. Yolanda Johnson/City, Finance Committee Chair
Dr. Richard Mattson/County, Survey Com. Chair
Mr. Gray Newman/County, Projects Committee Chair
Ms. Laura C. Smith/City, HLC Treasurer
Dr. Lynn Weis/City, HLC Secretary
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Ms. Patricia Nystrom, HLC Attorney
Mr. Bryan Turner, HLC Projects Manager
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Ms. Mary Dominick, HLC Consultant
Mr. Len Norman/County, Immediate Past HLC Chair
Ms. Yolanda Law/County, HLC Vice-Chair
Jared & Nicole Gardner, owners of the Ziem House, 1812 E. 8th
Lexie Longstreet, Savvy & Co.
Andy Hatton, Fire Station No. 2, 1212 South Boulevard
Marcel Stark., Fire Station No. 2, 1212 South Boulevard
Bruce Bluming, Fire Station No. 2, 1212 South Boulevard
Item #1 - Approval of Minutes
MR. BRAGG PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. WEIS THAT THE
HLC MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2009, BE APPROVED AS DISTRIBUTED. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MR. BENSON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. MATTSON THAT
THE HLC EXECUTIVE SESSION MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2009, BE APPROVED AS
DISTRIBUTED. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #2 - Chairman’s Report: Mr. Alsop
Mr. Alsop welcomed everyone to the meeting. Mr. Alsop said
that Mr. Norman is absent tonight due to business reasons.
Mr. Alsop said that attendance reports can be found at each
seat. He said to check with Mrs. Morrill if there are questions about the
Mr. Alsop said that the Survey Committee is schedule to meet
Tuesday, March 17 at 9:00 a.m. The Design Review Committee is scheduled to
meet Wednesday, March 25 at 8:00 a.m.
Item #3 - Director’s Report: Dr. Morrill
A. Action Items
Dr. Morrill reported that the Town of Matthews continues to
be interested in preserving the Moore House on Moore Road just off
Independence Boulevard. The Town Board has submitted a letter asking
the Commission to place this property on the Study List of prospective
historic landmarks. The Commission voted last Fall not to process the
property for designation because of the wishes of the previous owner of the
property. The Town of Matthews will commit $2000 for the preparation
of a Survey and Research Report.
MR. SMITH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HOBBS THAT A
SURVEY AND RESEARCH REPORT BE PREPARED ON THE MOORE HOUSE, MOORE ROAD,
MATTHEWS, N.C. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
B. INFORMATION ITEMS.
1. Stewart Gray will be working with the Charlotte
Regional Visitors Authority on finalizing the amount of land that will be
included with the designation of the original Charlotte Coliseum as a
2. Staff has located a suitable tenant for White Oak
Plantation. This issue will be considered under the Projects Committee
3. Staff has completed the educational video that
highlights the place of Modernist architecture in the built environment of
4. Staff continues to work on securing ownership of
the Torrence Lytle School. The next step is for the Board of County
Commissioners to approve the necessary easements. This issue will come
before the Board on March 17th.
5. Staff has received reports from the County Budget
Department indicating that the budget circumstances will be challenging this
year. Staff will keep you advised.
6. Staff has been proceeding with the preparation of
the Robert and Elizabeth Smith House (1708 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C.) for
resale. The new roof has been installed, and the contractor will be
moving ahead with minor upfits to the interior. A video has been
developed on the house to assist its sale.
7. Robert and Karl Schmitt continue to upfit the
Grier-Rea House for resale. They have been approved for $10,000 of
work. Staff is considering whether additional work would be warranted.
8. Staff continues to work on the acquisition of the
McQuay House. Because the owner wants to be assured of tax
deductibility for his donation, the house and its lot will have to be
acquired by Mecklenburg County and then conveyed to the Historic Landmarks
Commission. The prospective purchase has gone.
Consideration of Applications for Certificates of
a. Zeim House, 1812 East 8th St.,
Proposed final plans for a wall at the sidewalk edge, the
replacement of the front steps, the retention of the sidewalk extending from
the sidewalk to the house, the treatment of the driveway, and the removal of
the "cheek walls," were presented. The application is on file at the HLC’s
office. The owners were present in support of the application.
DR. WEIS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. MATTSON THAT A
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS BE ISSUED AS PRESENTED FOR THE ZEIM HOUSE,
1812 E. 8TH STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY
APPROVED THE MOTION.
b. Major Alexander James House, 260 Cherokee Rd.,
Charlotte, N.C. Nobody was present to represent the applicant.
THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION
THAT A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS BE ISSUED FOR THE MAJOR ALEXANDER L.
JAMES HOUSE, 360 CHEROKEE RD., CHARLOTTE, N.C., IF THE REQUIREMENTS SET
FORTH BELOW ARE ACCOMPLISHED AND THAT, IF NOT, THE SURVEY COMMITTEE CONSIDER
WHETHER TO RECOMMEND TO THE HLC THE REMOVAL OF ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE
PROPERTY’S DESIGNATION AS AN HISTORIC LANDMARK.
1. Restore fireplaces and fireplace surrounds that have
been removed or damaged.
2. Restore Dining Room built-in cabinet and door.
3. Restore flooring and built-in cabinets in rear
4. Restore original exterior kitchen door and hood.
5. Restore original window/vent in kitchen gable.
6. Rebuild front and rear walls of kitchen to design
approved under COA 07-23, it may also be acceptable to restore elements of
the original rear wall so that the original design of the room and
elements of the exterior wall would be preserved.
7. Restore all doorways and trim in second-story hallway.
If doorways are no longer needed then original doors can be fixed
8. Restore all doorways and trim in second-story bedrooms.
If doorways are no longer needed then original doors can be fixed
9. Restore original wall around third-story stair opening.
10. That owner work with HLC staff to determine what
elements on the third floor contributed to integrity of the property, so
that further recommendations similar to those made for the second story
can be made.
11. Restore ceiling in existing gabled porch.
12. Restore metal roof over bowed bay on rear elevation.
ALL COMMISSIONERS PRESENT APPROVED THE MOTION EXCEPT FOR
MR. HOBBS, WHO ABSTAINED FROM THE VOTE.
b. Fire Station No. 2, 1212 South Blvd., Charlotte,
The owner, Mr. Stark, who was present in support of the
Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness, proposes to install new
signage to the building and to make changes to the interior of the building.
Mr. Stark said that he will not seek Federal Tax Credits. Mr. Gray reviewed
the plans submitted with the Application.
DR. WEIS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. BRAGG THAT A
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS BE ISSUED FOR FIRE STATION NO. 2, 1212 SOUTH
BOULEVARD, CHARLOTTE, N.C. AS PROPOSED WITH THE PROVISO THAT THE ORIGINAL
CEILING IN THE SECOND STORY BE PRESERVED, THAT PORTIONS OF THE ORIGINAL
UPSTAIRS FLOOR BE PRESERVED, THAT PORTIONS OF THE ORIGINAL DOWNSTAIRS FLOOR
BE PRESERVED, THAT THE ORIGINAL POSTS BE PRESERVED, THAT PORTIONS OF THE
ORIGINAL STAIRWAY BE PRESERVED, THAT THE ORIGINAL CEILING OF THE FIRST FLOOR
BE REPAIRED OR BE REPLACED WITH LIKE MATERIAL, THAT THE ARCHED OPENINGS ON
THE REAR OF THE BUILDING BE PRESERVED, THAT THE SIGNAGE ON THE FRONT OF
BUILDING BE ATTACHED IN A WAY THAT DOES NOT DAMAGE THE BRICK, THAT THE
SIGNAGE BE PLACED SENSITIVELY SO THAT IT DOES NOT OBSCURE THE ORIGINAL
BRICKWORK, AND THE SIGNAGE/ARTWORK SHOWN IN THE APPLICATION BE HUNG FROM
BRACKETS OR BE ATTACHED IN A SIMILAR MANNER THAT KEEPS IT DISTINCT FROM THE
BUILDING. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #5 - Survey Committee Report: Dr. Mattson
Dr. Mattson said that the Committee will meet on Tuesday,
March 17, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. at the HLC office.
Item #6 - Projects Committee Report: Mr. Newman
Mr. Newman said that the work on the HLC’s projects
continues. The reports are as follow:
a. McAuley House, Huntersville-Concord Rd. – Mr. Gray
continues to supervise the work on the house.
b. Grier-Rea House, 7601 Providence Rd., Charlotte,
N.C. Dr. Mattson said that he continues working on the National Register
nomination for this very important house. He noted that the house is especially
noteworthy for its architectural features.
MS. SMITH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HOBBS THAT UP
TO $10,000 BE APPROPRIATED FOR THE REPAIR OF THE TWO FRONT UPSTAIRS ROOMS,
REPAIR THE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY, AND FINISH AND PAINT ALL DRYWALL ON THE FIRST
AND SECOND STORIES, ON THE GRIER-REA HOUSE, 7601 PROVIDENCE ROAD, CHARLOTTE,
N.C. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MS. SMITH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. WEIS THAT THE
HLC CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
MR. HOBBS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. WEIS THAT THE
HLC RE-CONVENE IN REGULAR SESSION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
Note: in Executive Session the HLC approved a rental
contract and mower purchase for White Oak Plantation and contingency
contracts to purchase the buildings at 316 and 300 Main St. in Pineville,
Item #7 - Treasurer’s Report: Ms. Smith
Ms. Smith distributed copies of the current financial
reports and explained the data.
Item #8 - Old Business.
No old business was presented.
Item #9 - New Business.
Mr. Alsop asked the HLC to consider whether to add
additional ex-officio members to the Historic Landmarks Commission. A
general consensus emerged that because of the complexities of amending the
ordinance establishing the Commission and the inter-local agreements with
the outlying towns that this step would be inadvisable and not be pursued.
The meetings of the Commission are public meetings, and anyone is welcome to
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.