Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

 
 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg
HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
Projects Committee Closed Session Minutes
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
November 7, 2016

 
Present: 

Mr. Larken Egleston
Mr. Joe Elliott
Mr. Mark Miller
Mr. Len Norman/HLC Chair
Mr. Jeffrey Parsons
Mr. John Shurley, Projects Committee Chair/HLC Vice Chair
Ms. Mary Dominick, HLC Administrative Assistant
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Mr. Sandy Carnegie, HLC Attorney (by telephone)
Mr. Peter Wasmer, Project Manager


MR. EGLESTON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. PARSONS THAT THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION CONVENE IN CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS MATTERS DEALING THE SALE AND ACQUISTION OF REAL ESTATE.  THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

1.  Update on the Charles E. Barnhardt House.  2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C. 

Dr. Morrill reported that he had met with Fred Caligiuri, the owner of the property.  Mr. Caligiuri told Dr. Morrill the price he was willing to accept.  He also stated that he would like for the Commission to make a decision at its November 14th Meeting as to  whether it will pursue purchase.  One issue raised by Mr. Caligiuri was his concern about whether the proposed price for improvements to the house and grounds would be sufficient to adequately improve the appearance of the house.  The Committee discussed aspects of the prospective purchase of the Charles E. Barnhardt House at length.  A general consensus emerged that if certain issues were addressed,( e.g., the need for a recordable plat, the fees potentially owed to the Homeowners' Association, the length of the due diligence period,) the Committee should recommend that the Commission pursue purchase of the property.

MR. MILLER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. EGLESTON THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT SUBMIT AN OFFER TO PURCHASE THE CHARLES E. BARNHARDT HOUSE, 2733 COUNTRY CLUB LANE, CHARLOTTE, N.C. UNDER THE TERMS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS.  THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
  
1.         That the Projects Committee recommend to the full Commission the purchase of the property known as the Barnhardt Cramer House located at 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte, NC upon the following terms and conditions:
            a.         The Purchase Price shall be $975,000.00.
            b.         Earnest money of $10,000.00.
            c.         Due Diligence Period of 60 days to run from the date of the last signature to the contract and two (2) additional 30 days due diligence extensions can be obtained for an additional payments of $5,000.00 each extension to the Earnest Money deposit.
            d.         If the contract is terminated during the due diligence period, all funds shall be returned to HLC and contract null and void.
            e.         If the contract is not terminated by HLC during the due diligence period, the HLC shall pay an additional sum of $25,000.00 to the Earnest Money. All Earnest Money will be applied to the Purchase Price at closing.
            f.          In the event the HLC decides not to close on the property after the due diligence period, the Earnest Money paid will be liquidated damages paid to Seller with no further recourse against HLC. Total Earnest Money at this point would be $35,000.00 (plus any extension Earnest Money).
            g.         Notwithstanding the due diligence period the closing on the property is contingent upon the following:
                                    i.          Designation of property as a Historic Landmark; and,
                                    ii.         Funds being recognized by the County; and,
                                    iii.        Plat approval at recordation with the County; and,
                                    iv.        Survey being obtained after plat recordation; and,
                                    v.         Review of Restrictions and Covenants to insure the integrity of the HLC                                                         purpose and authority through its Historic Preservation Agreement
                                                and Restrictions (Including Right of First Refusal and Option Rights).
                        If any of these contingencies are not satisfied by closing, HLC shall have the right to  terminate the contract and receive back its Earnest Money.
      
2.  Consideration Of Marketing Strategies For The Delburg Mill House, Davidson, N.C.

Dr. Morrill reported that Peter Wasmer, Project Manager, has submitted the Purchase Order to enable Patrick Parente, contractor, to begin making basic repairs to the house.  The cost will be approximately $7000.  Thereafter, Eric Gamble, realtor, will begin marketing the house.  Adequate funds have already been recognized by the Board of County Commissioners.

3.  Consideration Of Marketing Strategies for the Edward M. Rozzel Farm, 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. Morrill reported that Brian Jenest, who has met with Staff to consider potential uses of the property, is developing concepts of how the property might be made most marketable.  Future meetings will be held to put together a marketing package for the property.  Dr. Morrill is also approaching Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to determine whether a joint project on the property might be possible.  Finally, Eric Gamble, who will serve as realtor for the property, is approaching the owner of an adjoining parcel to see if its available for purchase.

4.  Update On The Morgan School, 510 South Torrence Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Dr. Morrill reported that the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has declared the Morgan School to be surplus property.  Accordingly, CMS will accept offers on the property.  Dr. Morrill stated that the County Staff does not favor excercising its right of right of first refusal to purchase the property.  Accordingly, the Commission, if it wishes to assure the preservation of the Morgan School, will have to submit an offer to purchase.  Any offer would be subject to CMS's "upset bid" process.

The Committee engaged in a lengthy discussion of the prospective submission of an offer to purchase the Morgan School.  Dr. Morrill reviewed the historic significance of the property.  Mark Miller stated that he was developing an estimate of the market value of the property.  A consensus emerged that the Committee should recommend to the Commission that it pursue purchase of the Morgan School.  Mark Mill stated that at the November HLC Meeting he would present his final determination of the market value of the property. 


MR. EGLESTON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. NORMAN THAT THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION CONVENE IN OPEN SESSION.  THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.