Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

 
 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg
HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
October 10, 2016
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.

 ​                                                                                         Closed Session Minutes

Present:

Ms. Joy E. Bunch/ Mayor
Mr. Nathan Clark/ County
Mr. Larken Egleston/City/HLC Secretary/Survey Com. Chair
Mr. Joe Elliott/City/ HLC Treasurer
Ms. Penny Higdon/ County 
Mr. Len Norman/City, HLC Chair
Mr. Jeffrey Parsons/ Mayor 
Mr. Kenneth Pursley/ County, Design Review Com. Chair
Mr. John Shurley/ County, HLC Vice-Chair/Projects Com. Chair
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Ms. Mary Dominick/ HLC Administrative Assistant
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Mr. Peter Wasmer, County AFM Department
Mr. Sandy Carnegie (by telephone)

Note: See Regular Session HLC minutes for details.

 
MR. EGLESTON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. SHURLEY THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION CONVENE IN CLOSED SESSION TO DISCUSS MATTERS RELATED TO THE RENOVATION AND ACQUISITION OF REAL ESTATE.  THE COMMISSION UNANIOMUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.


1.  Prospective Purchase Of The Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 County Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C. 

NOTE:  For this agenda item the following individuals were also present:

Mr. Ted Alexander
Mr. Eric Gamble

 Mr. Shurley explained that a quorum was not present at the October 7th Meeting of the Projects Committee.  Therefore, the Committee could only present recommendations, not seconded motions.  The recommendation of the Projects Committee concerning the Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C., was:


THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ATTENDING REACHED A CONSENUS TO RECOMMEND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPOINT A COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF DR. DAN MORRILL, MR. LEN NORMAN, MR. TED ALEXANDER, AND MR. ERIC GAMBLE TO MEET WITH THE OWNER OF THE CHARLES E. BARNHARDT HOUSE, 2733 COUNTRY CLUB LANE, CHARLOTTE, N. C.,  TO NEGOTIATE FINAL TERMS.

Discussion of the Committee's recommendation ensued.  Dr. Morrill stated that the Commission considers three issues when determining what properties to acquire.  They are:  1) historic signficance, 2) level of endangerment, and 3) economic viability.  Dr. Morrill said that the only criterion in question was the economic viability of the project.

Mr. Norman explained that the County staff wants the Commission on average to get at least an 88.5 percent return on investment.

The Commission has received an appraisal from Mr. Mike Ogburn, which gives the property a value "as is" of $875,000.  Mr. Wasmer distributed a bid of $77,321 to upfit the property for sale.  Mr. Sandy Carnegie, HLC Attorney, stated that there were three issues he wished to raise -- the economic viability of the project, the requirement that the property be subject to the regulations of the Homeowners' Association, and the requirement that the Commission place money in escrow.

Dr. Morrill stated that the Committee, if approved, would meet with Mr. Fred Caligiuri, the owner, on October 18th, 2016.

Ted Alexander suggested various means by which the gap between the appraised value of the property and the asking price might be closed.

MR. SHURLEY PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. EGLESTON THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPOINT A COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF DR. DAN MORRILL, MR. LEN NORMAN, MR. TED ALEXANDER, AND MR. ERIC GAMBLE TO MEET WITH THE OWNER OF THE CHARLES E. BARNHARDT HOUSE, 2733 COUNTRY CLUB LANE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., TO NEGOTIATE FINAL TERMS FOR PRESENTATION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION FOR ITS ACTION AT THE HLC MEETING ON NOVEMBER 14, 2016.  THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.


2.  Prospective Preservation Strategy For The Delburg Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson, N.C.

Note:  For this item the following individual was also present:

Mr. Eric Gamble

Mr. Shurley explained that a quorum was not present at the October 7, 2016 Meeting of the Projects Committee.  Therefore, the Committee could only present recommendations, not seconded motions.  The recommendation of the Projects Committee concerning the Delburg Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson, N.C., was:

THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS ATTENDING REACHED A CONSENSUS TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT BEGIN ACTIVELY MARKETING THE DELBURG MILL HOUSE, 303 DELBURG STREET, DAVIDSON, N.C., AT A PRICE SET BY THE HLC STAFF IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CHAIR OF THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE AND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION AUTHORIZE THE EXPENDITURE OF UP TO $10,000 ON IMPROVEMENTS TO THE PROPERTY AS FOLLOWS:

REPAIR ROTTEN WOOD, BROKEN PLANKS, LOOSE BOARDS, HOLES
CLEAN INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR; UNCOVER AND SAND WOOD FLOORS WHEREVER POSSIBLE
PAINT INSIDE AND OUT
FENCE BACK YARD WITH 6-8 FOOT PRIVACY FENCE
LANDSCAPE FRONT AND BACK YARDS
MARKETING WOULD INCLUDE ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES/PLANS THE HLC ALREADY HAS IN POSSESSION.


Eric Gamble stated that the improvements listed above would assist in selling the house, which has an excellent location.

MR. PARSONS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. SHURLEY THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION.  THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.