Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Projects Committee Meeting
May 1, 2017
6:00 pm


1.  Report of the Projects Committee Chair -- John Shurley

2.  Report of the HLC Chair -- Len Norman 

3.  Report of the Consulting Director -- Dan Morrill 

4.  Update on the Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte, N.C. The Board of County  Commissioners has recognized the money to purchase the house.  Staff has been waiting for the owner to record a plat before scheduling a vote by the Charlotte City Council to designate the property.  The owner has notified staff that the recording of the plat has been furthered delayed because of City procedures. The recording of the plat will not occur until mid-summer.  The City Council's vote on designation will most likely not occur until September.  Only then can the Commission close on the property.

5.  Provision for Emergency Repairs the HLC has under Contract.  Staff has been discussing with Sandy Carnegie and Leslie Johnson, Assistant County Manager, a means by which the HLC can spend money for emergency repairs on properties it has under contract.  This will be accomplished by placing language in the contract to purchase stating that the seller will reimburse the Commission for those expenses if the HLC is not responsible for the closing not occurring.

6.  Update on the Prospective Purchase of the Parkwood Avenue A.R.P. Church, 1017 Parkwood Ave., Charlotte, N.C.   The Church has not accepted or rejected the Commission's offer to purchase.  The Commission will receive a Survey and Research Report on the property at its meeting on May 8th.

7.  Appraisal of the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.  Staff is securing an appraisal on the property.  The property is currently under foreclosure.  Members of the County Commission have expressed an interest in developing a preservation strategy for the property

8. Update on the Delburg Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson, N.C.  The Commission has completed the sale, and the check has been deposited in the HLC Revolving Fund.

9.  Update on Phillips House and Morris Barn, 131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  The Design Review Committee and the Projects Committee will present a recommendation regarding the ranking of prospective buyers to the Historic Landmarks Commission at its meeting on May 8th.  

10.  Discussion of Marketing Proposal for the Edward M. Rozzel Farm, 11647 Rozzelles Ferry Rd., Charlotte, N.C.  The HLC has approved a marketing strategy for the property that allows for infill development.  Staff is working with Brian Jenest & Stone on a specific infill development plan for presentation to the Projects Committee at a future meeting.

11.  Update on the Torrence Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.  Environmental Cleanup of the property will be completed this month.  The Pioneer Springs School is no longer interested in the property.  The Batses say they are still interested in purchasing the property and want an addendum to the contract.  Staff has asked Sandy Carnegie to investigate.

There is an issue with the roofs on Buildings B and C, the two 1950's era buildings on either end of the original building, which is Building A.  They are leaking badly.  The roofs need to be fixed or the buildings need to be demolished.  Demolition will cost $80,000 to $100,000.  The cost of repairing the roofs on Buildings B and C is $115,000 to $125,000.  If repair of the roof on Building A is included, the total cost would be $178,000 to $188,500.  The Commission has voted to place all buildings on the market.  If they do not sell, the Commission intends to demolish all buildings but Building A, and place the property on the market again.  The issue before the Committee is to decide what to recommend to the HLC.

12.  Update on the Morgan School, 500 South Torrence St., Charlotte, N.C.  The Historic Landmarks Commission has submitted an offer to purchase the Morgan School.   The City has acquired an appraisal on the property.  Plans for the future use of the school remain uncertain.  Staff is working to obtain updated information.

13.  Old Business

Staff has learned that the prospective buyer of the VanLandingham Estate will not close on the property.  The realtor for the owner is seeking advice from the HLC has to how the property might be saved.  He has said that the only solution is to have a developer, perhaps in a joint venture with HLC, to close on the property.

14.  New Business

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