Review Committee Meeting
2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
a.m. - 9:25 a.m.
Lynn Weis, HLC Chair
HLC Preservation Planner
Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording
Mary Dominick, Administrative
Jim Engstrom, American Legion
Mike Behrman, American Legion
W. Lee Jones, American Legion
Jim McPhilling, American Legion
1. Design Review Chairís Report: John
welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Director's Report: Dan Morrill
briefly reviewed background information about the items on the agenda.
He also explained the role of the Commission in determining whether material
alterations of historic landmarks are appropriate or inappropriate in
relation to the Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines.
Preservation Planner's Report:
Mr. Gray did
not have a report.
of Conceptual Plan Approval.
American Legion Memorial Stadium.
Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte, N.C.
proposes to reconfigure the playing field which would involve
the demolition of a significant portion of the original rock wall bordering
the playing field and the removal of several rows of on-grade seating.
New elements would include a reconstructed rock wall and some tall concrete
retaining walls abutting the remaining on-grade seating. The Stadium
opened in 1936.
Mr. Jones, representing the
applicant, explained the reaons for the proposed changes -- to widen the
playing field to make its usable for soccer. Other individuals
representing the applicant underscored the need to allow American Legion
Memorial Stadium to serve a useful on-going purpose. Mr. Pursley
stated that he felt the changes would inappropriately alter the landmark and
stated that he could not support the proposed changes. Mr.
Shurley also questioned the appropriateness of the proposed changes but
supported the need to make American Legion Memorial Stadium a viable venue
for soccer and other sporting events.
Dr. Morrill asked the
representatives of the applicant if the applicant would agree to enter into
a multi-year contract to use the site for soccer. The applicant agreed
to this stipulation. Dr. Morrill asked if the applicant would agree to
work with the HLC staff in devising and implementing a plan to interpret the
history of American Legion Memorial Stadium, which would minimally include
moving the doughboy statue behind the original Charlotte City Hall to the
site and prominently displaying same. The applicant agreed to this
PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. HOOVER THAT THE COMMITTEE
RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION CONCEPTUAL
APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED PLAN FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL
STADIUM, CHARLOTTETOWNE AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE
STIPULATIONS THAT 1) THE APPLICANT ENTER INTO A MULTI-YEAR
CONTRACT TO USE THE SITE FOR SOCCER, AND 2) TO WORK WITH THE HLC
STAFF IN DEVISING AND IMPLEMENTING A PLAN TO INTERPRET THE
HISTORY OF AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL STADIUM, WHICH WILL
MINIMALLY INCLUDE MOVING THE DOUGHBOY STATUE BEHIND THE
ORIGINAL CITY HALL TO THE SITE AND PROMINENTLY DISPLAYING SAME. THE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE
MOTION WITH MR. PURSLEY VOTING IN OPPOSITION AND MR. JONES
RECUSING HIMSELF FROM THE VOTE.
explained that the Committee's recommendation would be
considered by the Historic Landmarks Commission at its meeting
on June 9, 2014. He suggested that all interested
parties attend that meeting to express their viewpoints on
There was no old business.
Charlotte Cotton Mill,
508 West Fifth St., Charlotte, N. C.
Shurley explained that the RBA Group had inadvertently allowed renovation of
the interior of the Charlotte Cotton Mill, Suite 240, to occur without
having secured a Certificate of Appropriateness. The Building
Standards Department did not have a zoning hold on the building because the
address and the tax parcel number of the subject property had changed since
it was designated as part of a historic landmark. Mr. Shurley stated
that he thought it best for the Committee to recommend to the Historic
Landmarks Commission that it issue a Minor Works Certificate of
Appropriateness for the renovation. This would allow the Commission to
uphold the standard procedures of design review.
MR. PURSLEY PRESENTED A
MOTION SECONDED BY MR. JONES THAT THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC
LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT ISSUE A MINOR WORKS CERTIFICATE OF
APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE RBA GROUP'S RENOVATION OF SUITE 240 OF THE CHARLOTTE
COTTON MILLS, 508 WEST FIFTH STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C. THE COMMITTEE
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
The meeting adjourned at 9:25