Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report-December 12, 2016

1. Edward Rozzel House. 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.   Staff did visit the Rozzel Farm with officials of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.  They believe that the only possible use for the site is as a neighborhood park.  They will let us know if they wish to discuss that possibility further. Staff might well have to revert to the course of placing the property on the market.

2.  Delburg Cotton Mill House. 303 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C.   The upfit of the house has been completed.  The Commission has received an offer to purchase the house.  This will be considered as part of the Projects Committee Report.   Click here for photographs of the upfit.
3.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.  Staff  continues to meet and negotiate with prospective buyers of the property.  The  environment cleanup of the building should begin in the very near future.

4.  General Motors New Style Bus 1074.   Staff continues to negotiate with CATS about a service and storage arrangement.  Staff is working with Ron Tober to locate parts for the original air conditioning system.  Click here for a video on the Charlotte GM New Look Bus.  
5.  Phillips House and Morris Barn,131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  Brian Jenest is working with the Commission on conducting community workshops in Matthews to consider development options for the property.  A meeting was held on October 20th with citizens of Matthews.  The next step will be to make a presentation to the Matthews Town Board.

6.  The James C. Dowd House.  2216 Monument Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff has met with County Park and Recreation officials to discuss possible methods for best assuring the long-term preservation of the property.  Negotiations continue.

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 and to seek a tenant.  Click Here For Photos.
9.  There has been no contact from the County about the need for changes to the State Enabling Legislation to allow the Commission to meet in closed session when discussing the sale of property.  Staff awaits developments.

10.  Siloam Rosenwald School, John Adams Road, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff is working with the Charlotte Museum of History to develop a preservation strategy for the property.  On December 13th Staff will be meeting with a member of the Charlotte City Council who has expressed a desire to assist.   Click for photographs of the property.

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.  Staff has contacted the Museum about the status of the streetcar.  Staff anticipates that the Museum will need the generator and the cart in the Spring of 2017.  Staff has been notified that Charlotte Trolley will be disbanding.  This means that the ownership of Streetcar Number One will revert to the Historic Landmarks Commission.    Click Here For Photos.

12.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.  The property is being offered for sale.  The owner has not approached the Commission since the June meeting. 

13.  Morgan School.    Staff and the HLC Chair did meet with CMS officials to discuss the issue.  The Commission has submitted its offer to purchase the property.  CMS believes that the City of Charlotte might submit an offer and has advised the HLC to await developments.  CMS understands that any buyer will have to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Several parties have contacted staff about their interest in the property.

14.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the Charles Barnhardt House, 2733 County Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation on this issue later in the meeting.  Staff has contacted the individual who has many of the items that were removed from the house and grounds.  Staff will be inspecting the items later this month and will advise the Commission about what is available. Click here for photographs taken in 2002.    Click here for photographs of the Barnhardt House.

15.  Atherton Cotton Mill House, 2005 Cleveland Avenue, Charlotte.  The property is under contract, and the owner has applied for a Certificate of Appropriatenss to demolish the building.  This will be considered by the Historic Landmarks Commission at its meeting in January 2017.  A Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition cannot be denied unless the property is judged to be of State-wide significance.  The City of Charlotte could acquire the property through eminent domain.  The Historic Landmarks Commission may delay the effective date of a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition for up to 365 days from the date of issuance.

16.  Staff has met with the owner of the Red Front Department Store (1902) at 1125 Belmont Avenue in Charlotte, N.C.  The property is on the study list of prospective historic landmarks.  The owner supports historic landmark designation.  Staff will be working on a Survey and Research Report.   Click For Photographs taken in 2002.     Click For Photograph Of Property.

17.  House at 331 East Boulevard.  Staff has received notice from the Charlotte Historic Districts Commission that the owner of the house at 331 East Boulevard in Dilworth will be filing for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the building.  Staff will contact the realtor.  The Historic Landmarks Commission can purchase a structure in a local historic district.   Click For Photograph Of House

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill