Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report-September 2016

1. Edward Rozzel House. 11647 Old Rozzels Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.  The closing on the property formerly owned by the F.A.A. has occurred.  The Projects Committee will be making a recommendation on a marketing strategy for the property.

2.  Delburg Cotton Mill House. 303 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C.   The Projects Commitee will be making a recommendation on a marketing strategy for the property.  Staff has contacted realtor Eric Gamble, who has visited the site.  He will serve as the realtor if the Commission votes to move ahead with offering the house for sale.
3.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.  Staff  continues to meet with prospective buyers of the property.  One buyer is ready to make an offer once the cost of environmental cleanup of the buildings is determined.  Bids will be opened on September 23rd.

4.  General Motors New Style Bus 1074.   Staff is negotiating with CATS about a service and storage arrangement.  Installation of the air conditioning will occur in the near future.  Staff is securing estimates for the air conditioning.  Meetings will occur  to consider best uses of the bus.   Click here for a video on the Charlotte GM New Look Bus.  
5.  Outen Pottery, 403 Jefferson St., Matthews, N.C.  The closing on the Outen Pottery has occurred, and the Town of Matthews has submitted its initial payment.  Congratulations to everybody on this significant preservation victory.  Click For Photos of Cleanup.    Click here for a video highlighting the Outen Pottery.
6.  Phillips House and Morris Barn,131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  The  contract with the Adams Group to conduct a study of the Phillips House and Morris Barn has been terminated.  One of the principals has expressed an interest in submitting an offer to purchase the property when the property is offered for sale.  Staff is coordinating the securement of another consultant to assist with studying the property.

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.  Len Norman and I did meet with the County to discuss the need for changes to the State Enabling Legislation to allow the Commission to meet in closed session when discussing the sale of property.  Talks continue.

10.  Walters Barbershop, 112-114 Main Street, Huntersville, N.C.  The buyer is in his 60-day examination period.  Earnest money has been deposited.  Staff anticipates that the closing will occur as scheduled.

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.   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 apprached the Commission since the June meeting. 

13.  Morgan School.  Staff has received a report produced by a Mandatory Referral Meeting on September 7th.  The report confirms that CMS plans to place the Morgan School in the Cherry Neighborhood up for sale.  The report also contains a statement that CMS might approach the HLC about the Commission's interest in purchasing the Morgan School, which is a historic landmark.  

14.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the Charles Barnhardt House, 2377 County Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff has submitted the offer to purchase approved by the Commission, and the owner has responded.  Staff has met with the owner of the property to discuss preservation strategies.  Staff has initiated due diligence, including obtaining estimates for the refurbishment of the house and grounds.  The City is allowing the owner to construct a pedestrian walkway on the property instead of requiring a connector street.  This means that the Commission will be able to accomplish its purposes through the purchase of four lots.  The owner has secured the doors to the house, and Preservation North Carolina has arranged for the installation of a security system.  Negotiations with the owner continue.

15.  The Charlotte City Council will hold three public hearings on resolutions in September for:  Midwood School, Biddleville Cemetery, and the Dilworth Airplane Bungalow.

16.  Presentation by Mary Dominick regarding the transition period and the status of the new website for the Historic Landmarks Commission:

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill