Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report-January 9, 2017

1. Edward Rozzel House. 11647 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.   Staff will be moving ahead with actively marketing the Edward Rozzel House. The Projects Committee will have a recommendation regarding this matter.  Eric Gamble will be the realtor.

2.  Delburg Cotton Mill House. 303 Delburg St., Davidson, N.C.   The prospective buyer is performing due diligence.
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.  The Projects Committee will have  a recommendation regarding this matter.
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.  There are two parties that are interested in leasing the bus from the Commission.  
5.  Phillips House and Morris Barn,131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  Staff will be working with Brian Jenest to schedule a presentation to the Matthews Town Board toward building consensus for rezoning the property.

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 is working with the Charlotte Museum of History to develop a preservation strategy for the property.  Officials of the State Historic Preservation Office are also involved.  Staff will limit its involvement in this issue to advocacy.

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.  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 did meet with a developer who might work with the City to adapt the property for work force housing.  Negotiations with CMS and the City of Charlotte continue.

14.  Consideration of the Prospective Purchase of the Charles Barnhardt House, 2733 County Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C.  The owner and the Commission have signed the contract to purchase.  Due diligence is underway.  Key dates:  February 6th, Projects Committee will review results of due diligence and formulate recommendation to the HLC.  February 13th, HLC will vote on whether to pursue purchase.  February 21st, Board of County Commissioners will vote on whether to recognize the funds to purchase.  March 20th, Charlotte City Council will vote on whether to designate the property a historic landmark.  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, but the prospective buyer has not yet submitted an Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the building.  

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.  The owner has the option to submit an application for a pre-rezoning meeting with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Staff.

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill

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