HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
Projects Committee Minutes
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
April 4, 2016
Time: 8:00 - 9:50 a.m.
Mr. Len Norman/City, Project Com. Chair
Mr. Nathan Clark
Mr. Larken Egleston
Mr. David Erdman
Dr. Tom Hanchett
Mr. Mark H. Miller
Mr. Stefan Pienkny
Dr. Lynn Weis
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. Peter Wasmer, Mecklenburg County Assets and Facilities Management Department
Ms. Regina Church-Bates
Mr. Tyson Bates
1. Chair's Report: Len Norman
Mr. Norman welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked him or her for his or her service.
2. Consulting Director's Report: Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill expressed his appreciation for each member's service to the Committee.
3. Review Of Present Projects -- Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill briefly reviewed all projects that the Commisson is currently undertaking. These include:
a. Walkers Barbershop -- Huntersville. Dr. Morrill reported that the Commission has signed a contract with the owner for the purchase of the property and that the Commission is performing due diligence, which will be completed by June. At that time the Commission will have to make a final determination if it wishes to move ahead with gaining County approval for the funds to purchase the property.
b. Phillips House and Morris Barn -- Matthews. Dr. Morrill reported that at its April 11th meeting the Historic Landmarks Commission will consider funding a study to acquire information for potential uses of the property. If approved, this study will provide information which will be used to develop a Request For Proposals from prospective buyers.
c. Torrence Lytle School -- Huntersville. Dr. Morrill reported that the Town of Huntersville reported that the Commission has approved moving ahead with removing environmental contamination of the buildings and stabilizing the original building. The work is sheduled to begin in July. Peter Wasmer confirmed this information.
d. Delburg Cotton Mill House -- Davidson. Dr. Morrill reported that at its April 11th meeting the Historic Landmarks Commission will consider approving the design plans for the restoration of the house. The Commission will also decide whether it wishes to move ahead with the project.
e. Outen Pottery -- Matthews. Dr. Morrill stated that the Commission continues to perform stabilization of the buildings on the property. The Commission also continues to persue relief from the deed restrictions on the property and anticipates that the Town of Matthews will purchase the property from the Commission. The Commission's price will include all expenses it has incurred on the property.
f. Edward M. Rozzel House -- Charlotte. Dr. Morrill reported that the Commission is currently negotiating with a prospective buyer and a prospective lessee of the property. The buyer wishes to place a restaurant in the historic house. Dr. Morrill reported that he has asked Peter Wasmer, Project Manager, to obtain the price of upfitting the house sufficient to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy.
g. Atherton Cotton Mill House -- Charlotte. Dr. Morrill explained that the Commission has signed a contract with the owner for the purchase of the property and that the Commission is performing due diligence, which will be completed by June. At that time the Commission will have to make a final determination if it wishes to move ahead with gaining County approval for the funds to purchase the property.
h. Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House -- Charlotte. Dr. Morrill explained that repairs to the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House, the HLC office, are scheduled for the near future.
4. Prospective Lease or Purchase of the Edward Rozzel Farm. 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.
As explained above, the Commission continues to negotiate with a prospective buyer and prospective lessee of the property.
5. Prospective Purchase of the Torrence Lytle School (Huntersville Colored School) Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.
Tyson Bates and Regina Church-Bates, prospective buyers of the property, distributed a booklet entitled "Torrence Lytle Renovation Timeline." They explained that they had secured estimates from contractors and were prepared and able to enter into a contract to purchase the property. The school would house an expanded the Successful Start Learning Academy, which the prospective buyers already operate. Mr. and Ms. Bates stated that they were drawn to the building in part by its rich heritage.
The Committee discussed the issue at length. The prospective buyer responded to questions. The Committee stated that it would be moving ahead with the environmental cleanup and stabalization of the buildings and that any cost incurred would be passed on to the buyer.
DR. WEIS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. EGLESTON THAT THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT AFTER SECURING THE HLC'S ATTORNEY'S ADVICE IT APPROVE A CONTRACT OR AN OPTION WITH MR. TYSON BATES AND MS. REGINA CHURCH-BATES WHEREBY MR. TYSON BATES AND MS. REGINA CHURCH-BATES MAY ACQUIRE THE TORRENCE LYTLE SCHOOL FOR A PRICE EQUIVALENT TO ALL EXPENSES THE COMMISSION WILL HAVE INCURRED WITH RESPECT TO THE TORRENCE-LYTLE SCHOOL AT THE TIME OF CLOSING AND WITH THE FURTHER UNDERSTANDING THAT THE DUE DILIGENCE PERIOD MUST EXPIRE NO MORE THAN 120 DAYS AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE CONTRACT OR OPTION BY ALL PARTIES AND THAT THE BUYER MUST CLOSE WITHIN 60 DAYS THEREAFTER. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
6. Update on Request For Additional Funds for the HLC's Revolving Fund.
Mr. Norman explained that he and Dr. Morrill had met with the County Manager and her Executive Team to advocate for an additional $2 million for the HLC Revolving Fund. He stated that the County Manager's Recommended Budget will be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners in May. Mr. Norman reported that the Commission has been urged to be more attentive to the cost effectiveness of projects. Members of the Committee expressed interest in also being advocates for increased funding for the Revolving Fund.
7. Old Business.
There was no old business.
8. New Business.
There was no new business.
The Committee adjourned at 9:50 a.m.