Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report -- May 8, 2017 
1. Edward Rozzel House. 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.   Brian Jenest of Cole Jenest & Stone will be meeting with Staff to review a site plan for infill development.  Upon the completion of this review, 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 Street, Davidson, N.C.   The closing on the property has occurred, and the check has been deposited in the HLC Revolving Fund.
3.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.   The environmental cleanup of the buildings is underway and should be completed this month.   The prospective buyers of the property are continuing to perform due diligence.  They have until mid-May to make a decision.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation regarding this property in the regular agenda.
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 Barn131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.   Three proposals have been presented for the purchase and development of the property.  The Design Review Committee and the Projects Committee met jointly on April 26th to review the proposals and make a recommendation to the HLC.  There will be a recommendation regarding this matter presented to the Commission in the regular agenda.

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 is awaiting receipt of a budget to move the structure 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 near future.  

12.  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. 

13.  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.

14.  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.

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

16.  Excelsior Club. 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C. Staff has obtained an appraisal of the property.  Staff will initiate discussions with County officials about next steps.  The appraised value of the property is $228,000.

17.  American Legion Memorial Stadium.  Staff will be meeting on May 18th with potential developers of a major league soccer stadium on the property.  The purpose will be to discuss the HLC's design review process.

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill