Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report-March 13, 2017

1. Edward Rozzel House. 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.   Brian Jenest of Cole Jenest & Stone is preparing a site plan for infill development.  Upon its receipt, Staff will meet with Eric Gamble, who has a listing on the property, to prepare a marketing program for the property. 

2.  Delburg Cotton Mill House. 303 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C.   The prospective buyer has committed to purchase the property and has scheduled a closing for sometime in April.
3.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.   The environmental cleanup of the buildings is underway and should be completed by May.  The prospective buyers of the property are continuing to perform due diligence.  They have until mid-May to make a decision.  Peter Wasmer is also showing the property to other prospective buyers.
4.  General Motors New Style Bus 1074.   Staff is in contact with CATS to discuss arrangements for storing and servicing the bus.    
5.  Phillips House and Morris Barn,131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  Brian Jenest of Cole Jenest & Stone has completed his work on the property.  Staff has a recommendation on the contents and scheduling of a Request For Proposals (RFP) from prospective buyers.

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 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.
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 continues to work with the Charlotte Museum of History to develop a preservation strategy for the property.   Staff has asked Kay Peninger, president of the Charlotte Museum of History, to obtain an estimate of the cost of moving the bu10ilding to the grounds of the Charlotte Museum of History.  

11.  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 Spring of 2017.  

12.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff contacted the owner, who reported that the property is under contract.  The prospective buyer reportedly plans to pursue infill development and will preserve the house.  The prospective buyer has not contacted the Commission. 

13.  Morgan School.    Staff has talked with Pamela Wideman of the City.  She reported that the City's appraisal of the property will be completed this month.  The Cherry Neighborhood Association supports affordable housing on the property but wants the school building to be preserved.  Staff anticipates that it will not have to purchase the property to assure the preservation of the Morgan School.

14.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the Charles Barnhardt House, 2733 County Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C.  The vote of City Council on historic landmark designation, originally scheduled for March 20th, has been postponed until after the recording of a plat on the property.   Click here for photographs taken in 2002.    Click here for photographs of the Barnhardt House.

15.  Staff is considering how the acquisition of real estate options might be used as a preservation tool by the Commission, thereby increasing the number of properties preserved.

16.  Staff met with the owner of the Excelsior Club to discuss possible preservation strategies for the property.

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill