HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
March 14, 2011
Location: 2100 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, N. C.
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Louis Asbury/County, HLC Projects
Mr. Frank Bragg/City
Mr. David Erdman/Mayor
Mr. William Hobbs/ County, HLC Chair
Ms. Paula Lester/County
Mr. Gray Newman/County, HLC Survey Committee
Mr. Michael Rogers/City
Mr. John Shurley/County, Design Review
Ms. Jill Walker/Mayor
Dr. Lynn Weis/City, HLC Secretary
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Ms. Patricia Nystrom, HLC Attorney
Ms. Yolanda D. Law/County, HLC Vice Chair
Ms. Keysha Walker/City, HLC Treasurer
Caroline Naysmith (N. S. Alexander House)
Donald Naysmith (N. S. Alexander House)
Donna Ward, UNCC Intern
Item #1 – Approval of Minutes
MR. SHURLEY PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY
MS. LESTER THAT THE HLC MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 7, 2011, BE APPROVED AS
SUBMITTED. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #2 – Chairman’s Report: Mr. Hobbs
Mr. Hobbs welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Mr. Hobbs explained that the attendance data started over on January 1st.
No Commission member can be excused for business, sickness, or for any other
reason. Due to stricter regulations, the HLC attendance reports are
now being posted on the HLC's website -
www.cmhpf.org. Call the HLC office if you have questions.
Mr. Hobbs reported that the monthly HLC
calendar has been distributed at each seat. A Survey Committee meeting
is scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 22, at the HLC office, and a
Design Review Committee meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, March
Mr. Hobbs said that the Nominating Committee
will present a proposed slate of officers for next year at the May meeting.
Elections will be held at the June meeting. The HLC does not hold
meetings in July. Gray Newman's (County) 6 year term expires in July.
Louis Asbury (County), Frank Bragg (City), John Shurley (County) and Lynn
Weis (County) have terms that expire this July but these four are eligible
Item #3 – Director’s Report: Dr. Morrill
Dr. Morrill reported that:
1. 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, 220 West Tenth St., Charlotte, NC, in Fourth Ward.
The owner is not interested in making repairs to the building and was
disinterested in earlier approaches by the Historic Landmarks Commission
about possibly purchasing the house.
2. Staff has distributed a letter from CSX
Transportation about its decision to suspend plans for demolishing the Piedmont
Thrift Depot Station, 8030 Old Mt. Holly Road, Charlotte, NC, until arrangements might be made to move the depot to another
location by January 31, 2012. Staff is awaiting word from NCDOT about
its efforts to acquire a nearby site.
An anonymous donor has agreed to donate funds to a private not-for-profit
entity which will convey the funds to the owner of the the S. W. & C. S.
Davis General Store, 8940 Bob Beatty Road, Huntersville, NC, for the bringing of the two outbuildings up to code. When the
repairs are completed, the City will terminate its review of the property.
Stewart Gray will be assisting the owner with project management.
Bryan Turner and Pat Nystrom met last week with officials of Johnson C.
Smith University. The University is moving ahead with the appraisal of
the Dr. George E. Davis House, 301 Campus Street, Charlotte, NC, 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.
5. 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, Dover Street, Pineville, NC.
6. Staff has concluded its meetings with the Economic
Development Committee of City Council and has instituted a process by which
the City and the County elected officials will be informed of the amount of
potentially deferred property taxes on all prospective historic landmarks.
Staff met with Todd Lockhart, the appraiser for Fortenberry
Lambert, at the Pineville Savings and Loan Building, and the owner was
present. The appraisal should be completed in early April. The
Projects Committee will consider this matter at its next meeting.
8. Staff has reactivated the application to rezone the
Grier-Rea House, 6701 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC, for office use. The Planning Staff is reconsidering
its initial negative response.
9. Staff has scheduled a meeting with the Town of
Huntersville to discuss preservation strategies for the Torrence Lytle
School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, NC.
An incident of vandalism occurred at the Ephraim Alexander McAuley House,
14335 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, NC. Staff has
secured estimates for placing a fence around the house and for the placement
of a kitchen and a bathroom in the house. On February 7, 2011,
the HLC approved the construction of the fence. The Projects Committee
will bring recommendations regarding the other items to the Commission for
The tenants are paying their rent for the Younts General Store, 316 Main
Street, Pineville, NC, and the
Blankenship Feed and Oil Store, 330 Main Street, Pineville, NC. The properties continue to be marketed.
A prospective buyer visited both properties last week.
12. The roof will be replaced on the White Oak Plantation
House, 7729 Hood Road, Charlotte, NC, in the near future at a cost of $12,000.
The Commission will be co-sponsoring a preservation workshop
on May 19, 2011 in the former Younts General Store Building, located 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 30 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.
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.
The Town Board of Matthews will conduct its public hearing on April 25th
to consider the designation of the Barnum and Sarah Sustare House, 13700
Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC, as a historic landmark.
The Commission will hold its public hearing for the property on April 11,
David Erdman will make a presentation on March 20, 2011, at 3:00 p.m., at the
Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte, NC. Mr. Erdman's topic
will be "Mr. Duke's Charlotte: What Charlotte
Looked Like 100 Years Ago."
Item#4 -- Design Review Committee Report: Mr. Shurley
A. Consideration of an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness
for the N. S. Alexander House, 4717 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C.
Staff reviewed the details of the site plan and design of new barn/pavilion.
This application was considered as an express review.
MR. ROGERS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. BRAGG THAT THE APPLICATION
FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE N. S. ALEXANDER HOUSE, 4717 SHAMROCK
DR., CHARLOTTE, N.C., BE APPROVED AS PRESENTED. THE
COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Mr. and Mrs. Naysmith were present in support of the application and
informed the Commission that the Zoning of Board of Adjustment did not
approve a sidewalk variance for the property.
Item #5 – Survey Committee Report: Mr. Newman.
A. Consideration of a Survey and Research Report on Eastover
Elementary School, 500 Cherokee Rd., Charlotte, N. C.
Staff reviewed the Survey and Research Report, which sets forth the
justification for the designation of the property.
PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. WEIS THAT EASTOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL,
(EXTERIOR OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDINGS AND THE ENTIRE PARCELS ASSOCIATED
WITH THE SCHOOL) 500 CHEROKEE ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C, BE PROCESSED FOR
HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION. ALL COMMISSIONERS PRESENT APPROVED THE
MOTION WITH MR. ERDMAN AND MR. SHURLEY RECUSING THEMSELVES FROM THE VOTE.
The Survey Committee will meet on March 22, 2011, at 8:00 a.m., at the HLC office.
Item #6 - Projects Committee Survey Committee Report: Mr.
Committee members will be notified when the next meeting is scheduled.
Item #7 - Treasurer's Report: Keysha Walker.
Mr. Turner presented the Financial Report in Ms. Walker's absence.
Item #8 - Old Business.
No old business was presented.
Item #8 - New Business.
No new business was presented.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.