Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report-June 2016

 
 
 
1. Edward Rozzel House. 11647 Old Rozzels Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.  A prospective buyer has submitted an offer to purchase the Edward M. Rozzel House.  This will be discussed in the regular agenda under Projects Committee Report.

2.  Delburg Cotton Mill House. 303 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C.   The Assets and Facilities Management Department has completed its review of the plans, which will soon be put out for bid.
 
3.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.  Staff  is coordinating with the County in moving forward with the approved environmental cleanup of all buildings owned by the HLC and with stabilizing the original school building.  The prospective buyer has not submitted an offer to purchase.

4.  General Motors New Style Bus 1074.   Staff is negotiating with CATS about a service and storage arrangement.  Installation of the air conditioning will occur over the summer.  Meetings will occur in the fall to consider best uses of the bus.   Click here for a video on the Charlotte GM New Look Bus.  
 
5.  Outen Pottery, 403 Jefferson St., Matthews, N.C.  The Commission will consider a prospective sale of the Outen Pottery to the Town of Matthews.  This will be discussed in the regular agenda under the Projects Committee Report.  The Town Manager has included funds in his recommended budget to purchase the property.  Click For Photos of Cleanup.    Click here for a video highlighting the Outen Pottery.
  
6.  Phillips House and Morris Barn,131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  The Town of Matthews and the Assets and Facilities Management Department are assembling the materials necessary for moving ahead with the study of future development of the property.  The Historic Landmarks Commission will be the client and will be heavily involved in the project.

7.  William Grier House.  Douglas International Airport owns this house.  Staff  has met with Airport officials and will consider perservation strategies if the property is deemed eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  There have been no developments since the last meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission.
   
8.  Thrift Piedmont and Northern Depot.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation has moved the depot to land purchased by NCDOT.  The State continues to refurbish the building.  Click Here For Photos.
   
9.  Dicussions are occurring regularly with County officials about project management.  

10.  Walters Barbershop, 114 Main Street, Huntersville, N.C.  Staff is processing the property for historic landmark designation.  A public hearing has occurred.  The Town is prepared to vote before the Commission closes on the property.  The Commission has received offers to purchase the building.  The Commission will consider this matter in open session.  There has been an issue with the survey of the property.  Sandy Prosser has secured an additional 120 days of due diligence.

11.  Streetcar 85.  The Streetcar was moved on March 9th to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C.  The Commission will be responsible for securing a generator and a cart to power the Streetcar.   Click Here For Photos.

12.  Atherton Cotton Mill House.  2005 Cleveland Ave., Charlotte, N.C.  The Commission will consider purchase of the property later on the agenda in closed session.  The Commission has completed its due diligence on the property.

13.  The County Manager's Budget recommendation does not include replenishment money for the revolving fund.

14.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.  The owner has approached the Commission to consider alternatives for the VanLandingham Estate.  The owner believes that economic considerations will require him to move or demolish the house.  He has potential buyers.  The Planning Staff has informed this office that existing zoning does not allow the owner to move or demolish the house.  The owner would sell the Estate to the Commission for $5.125 million.   If the Commission wishes to consider purchase, it will have to do so in closed session.

15.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the Barnhardt-Cramer House, 2377 County Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C.  Preservation North Carolina is seeking to develop a preservation strategy with the owner, who intends to build several houses on the property.  If the owner is agreeable, the Commission might be asked to purchase the house and some portion of land.  The first step would be for the Commission to authorize the preparation of a Survey and Research Report.  The house will have to be designated as a historic landmark before the Commission could close on the property.

 
Respectfully submitted
 
 
 
 
Dan L. Morrill