Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic  Commission

Director's Report-October 10, 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.  Brian Jenest of Cole-Jenest-Stone is attempting to interest developers in the property.  Staff is working on a marketing package for the sale of 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.  Eric Gamble of HM Properties will be the realtor for the property.
3.  Torrence-Lytle School.  302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.  Staff  continues to meet and negotiate with prospective buyers of the property.  The bids have been opened for asbestos removal from the property.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation regarding the prospective sale of the property.

4.  General Motors New Style Bus 1074.   Staff is negotiating with CATS about a service and storage arrangement.  Staff has secured an estimate for the installation of air conditioning for the bus.  The Projects Committee will be making a recommendation at an upcoming meeting.  Click here for a video on the Charlotte GM New Look Bus.  
5.  Phillips House and Morris Barn,131 West Charles Street, Matthews, N.C.  Brian Jenest will be working with the Commission on conducting community workshops in Matthews to consider development options for the property.  Two meetings have been sheduled -- the first on October 20th and the second on November 17th.  Staff has produced introductory materials for the initial meeting.   Click here to review.

6.  The James C. Dowd House.  2216 Mounument 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 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.  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.  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.  Staff has contacted the Museum about the status of 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 contacted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools about the historic and cultural importance of the Morgan School and the need to search for preservation solutions.  The School system asked HLC Staff to submit a statement of its concerns.  Staff will attend a meeting of the Planning Committee of the Planning Commission on October 13th.

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 Commission has received an appraisal of the property and an estimate of necessary repairs to make the house marketable.  The Projects Committee will submit a recommendation about the dispostion of the Barnhardt House later in the meeting.

15.  The Charlotte City Council will vote on the designation of three properties as historic landmarks in October.  They are:  Midwood School, Biddleville Cemetery, and the Dilworth Airplane Bungalow.

Respectfully submitted,
Dan L. Morrill