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HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION

Design Review Committee Meeting

May 28, 2014

Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Present:

Laura Hoover

Victor Jones

Ken Pursley

John Shurley, Committee Chair

Lynn Weis, HLC Chair

Dan Morrill, HLC Director

Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner

Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant

Mary Dominick, Administrative Assistant

Absent:

Louis Asbury

Matthew Benson

Joe Elliott

David Gieser

Visitors:

Jim Engstrom, American Legion Memorial Stadium

Mike Behrman, American Legion Memorial Stadium

W. Lee Jones, American Legion Memorial Stadium

Jim McPhilling, American Legion Memorial Stadium

AGENDA

1.   Design Review Chairís Report: John Shurley, Chair

Mr. Shurley welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Director's Report: Dan Morrill

Dr. 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.

3.  Preservation Planner's Report:  Stewart Gray

Mr. Gray did not have a report.

4. Consideration of Conceptual Plan Approval.

American Legion Memorial Stadium.  Charlottetowne Ave., Charlotte, N.C.

The applicant 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 stipulation.

DR. WEIS  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.

Dr. Morrill 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 this matter.

 

5. Old Business.

There was no old business.

6. New Business.

A. Charlotte Cotton Mill, 508 West Fifth St., Charlotte, N. C.

Mr. 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 a.m.