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1.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission identifies and advances the preservation of properties, real and personal, of special historic significance in Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, Matthews, Pineville, Huntersville, and Davidson.  Mint Hill has yet to sign an interlocal agreement authorizing the Commission to function on its behalf.  Cornelius has its own preservation commission.

2.  The Commission was established in 1973 and has processed over 300 properties for historic landmark designation.  Landmark designation gives the HLC design review authority over material alterations to the property, allows the Commission to delay the demolition of the property for up to 365 days, allows the Commission to purchase the fee simple or any lesser included interest in the property, empowers the Commission to recommend to the appropriate local governing board that the local government acquire by eminent domain any property which is scheduled for demolition, and allows the property owner to apply for an automatic deferral of 50 percent of the property taxes on the property.

3.  The Commission administers the largest local, publicly funded historic preservation revolving fund in the country.  The fund currently has a $4 million balance.  The fund is used to purchase endangered historic landmarks or endangered properties in local historic districts.  All properties are eventually sold with preservation deed covenants to assure their preservation in perpetuity.

The Commission currently owns the following properties.

FOR SALE, 11647 Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.-

Historic Property

Richard Rozzel House.  Located on Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, this late 19th century farmhouse is an investment opportunity.  Approximately 5 acres of land with two houses.  Listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

FOR SALE, 7729 Hood Road, Charlotte, N.C.-

Historic Property

Charlotte N.C. Historic White Oak Plantation For Sale.  Located on Hood Road in eastern Mecklenburg County,  White Oak Plantation is a magnificent 18th century plantation estate, which includes two log cabins and 18 acres of land.  It is ready to occupy.  Currently owned by the Historic Landmarks Commission, the property is a local designated historic landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 

FOR SALE, 6701 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C.-

Historic Property

Grier-Rea House, 6701 Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C.  The Grier-Rea house was built in the early 1800s, during the U.S. Presidential term of Thomas Jefferson.  This locally designated historic landmark is owned by the Historic Landmarks Commission and is for sale.   

FOR SALE, 14335 Huntersville-Concord Road, Huntersville, N.C.- Historic Property

 

Ephraim Alexander McAuley House. The property is located

at 14335 Huntersville-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County.  

The McAuley Farm House was built in 1881 and represents the

development of a typical Mecklenburg County farmstead in the

19th and early 20th centuries. 

 

FOR SALE, 316 Main Street, Pineville, N.C.-   

Former Younts' General Store

 

316 Main Street, Pineville.  Located in the center of the

Pineville Commercial Block, at 316 Main, the former Younts

General Store represents the distinctive type of small-town

architecture that was once prevalent throughout Mecklenburg

County, and thus serves as a physical reminder of  county's

historic development patterns.  This space would be an ideal

location for a cafe or restaurant. 

 

 

FOR SALE, 330 Main Street, Pineville, N.C.-

Former Blankenship Feed and Oil Store

 

330 Main Street, Pineville.  Located in the center of the

Pineville Commercial Block, at 330 Main, the former

Blankenship Feed and Oil Store represents the distinctive type of

small-town architecture that was once prevalent throughout

Mecklenburg County, and thus serves as a physical reminder

of  the county's historic development patterns. 

 

 

Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.

 

Former African American High School for northern Mecklenburg County.  The property was conveyed for no cost to the HLC by Mecklenburg Count y.  Determination of rehabilitation costs is now being made.

4.  The Commission exercises design review through the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness.  The HLC uses the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines to determine the appropriateness of proposed material alterations.  Minor works COAs are handled administratively by staff consulting with the Chair of the Design Review Committee.  Full COAs are issued upon the recommendation of the Design Review Committee.

5.  The Commission staff works with the Survey Committee to prepare a Study List of prospective historic landmarks.  The Survey Committee recommends to the Commission what properties it believes are worthy of extensive study.  A Survey and Research Report is prepared for each prospective historic landmark brought before the Commission for final review.  The Commission determines whether the property meets the standard of special significance.  Approved properties are sent to the North Carolina Division of Archives and History for comment and then send to the appropriate local governing board.

6.  The Commission educates the public about the local historic built environment.  It primarily fulfills this function through its website -- landmarkscommission.org and cmhpf.org.