Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report -- June 12, 2017 
1. Edward Rozzell House. 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.   Brian Jenest of Cole Jenest & Stone has developed plans for infill development as recommended by the Historic Landmarks Commission.  These are presently being shown to developers.  There is interest in the property.   Click Here For Plan A.   Click Here For Plan B. 

2.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.   The environmental cleanup of the buildings has been completed.  Negotiations with the prospective buyer continue.  Another prospective buyer has submitted a Letter of Intent.
3.  General Motors New Style Bus 1074.   Staff is in contact with CATS to discuss arrangements for storing and servicing the bus.    
4.  Phillips House and Morris Barn131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.   The closing on the property has occurred, and the check has been deposited.  The owners will be submitting an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

5.  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.  

6.  William Grier House.  Douglas International Airport owns this house.  Staff has met with Airport officials and will consider preservation 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.
7.  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.
8.  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.

9.  Siloam Rosenwald School.  John Adams Road, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff continues to work with the Charlotte Museum of History to develop a preservation strategy for the property.  Staff is awaiting receipt of a budget to move the structure to the grounds of the Charlotte Museum of History.

10.  Streetcar 85.  The Streetcar was moved on March 9, 2016, 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 near future.  

11.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff met with the owner and Brian Jenest to discuss preservation strategies for the property.  The property is no longer under contract.  Brian Jenest will be contacting parties associated with the infill development that was rejected by City Council in 2015 to see if it might be revived without including a swimming pool.  Staff will keep the Commission advised. 

12.  Morgan School.    Staff has talked with Pamela Wideman of the City.  The City has obtained an appraisal of the market value of the property.  The City's involvement in preserving the building will largely rest upon the decision of the Cherry neighborhood as to whether it wants the building to continue as a school or be used for affordable housing.  Staff has been unsuccessful in obtaining further updates.

13.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the Charles Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C.  The owner has advised Staff that the recording of the plat has been delayed until mid-summer.  The vote of City Council on historic landmark designation will not occur until September.  Staff will begin preparing marketing materials for the house.   Click here for photographs taken in 2002.    Click here for photographs of the Barnhardt House.

14.  Staff continues to anticipate using real estate options as a preservation tool.

15.  Excelsior Club. 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C. Staff met with the owner to discuss preservation strategies for the property.  The owner stated that she plans to maintain ownership and preserve the property.  No further action is anticipated.

16.  American Legion Memorial Stadium.  Staff and Ken Pursley met with designers of the proposed Major League Soccer Stadium and discussed how the new stadium would honor the history of the site.  More discussions will occur if the project becomes a reality.

17.  Staff has been contacted about the Commission's interest in possibly purchasing the church building at 3201 Tuckaseegee Road.  Discussions continue.   Click here for a photograph of the church.

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill