Historic Landmarks Commission
May 12, 2003
Place: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Ms. Tattie Bos/Mayor, HLC Treas., Finance Com Chair, Projects Vice-Chair
Mr. Jeff Bradsher/County, HLC Chairman
Ms. Deborah Cox/City, Survey Com. Chair
Mr. Scott Hirsch/City, Design Review Com. Chair
Ms. Yolanda Johnson-Gess/City, Nominating Committee Chair
Mr. Joseph B. C. Kluttz/County, Survey Committee Vice-Chair
Mr. John E. Misenheimer/County, HLC Vice-Chair, Rural Hill Schoolhouse
Mr. Len Norman/County
Mr. John J. Parker, III/Mayor, Projects Committee Chairman
Ms. ross Richardson/County, Education Committee Chair
Mr. Mike Sullivan/County, Education Com. Vice-Chair
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Bryan Turner, HLC Projects Manager
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Consultant
Ms. Patricia Nystrom, HLC Attorney
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Ms. Amy Hockett/City, Design Review Com. Vice-Chair
Ms. Ross Richardson/County, Education Committee Chair
John H. Thrower (Memorial Stadium)
Brent A. Rosser (ADA Cotton Mill)
Bob Silverman (Highland Mill)
Lisa Gray (Charlotte Trolley)
Neal Broome (Memorial Stadium)
J. Miller (S. 21)
Nick Copsis (S. 21)
Ellen Rogers (Highland Mill)
Scott Tyler (Charlotte Trolley)
Item #1 - Approval of Minutes
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. MISENHEIMER THAT THE
MINUTES FOR APRIL 14, 2003, BE APPROVED AS DISTRIBUTED. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. JOHNSON-GESS THAT THE
EXECUTIVE SESSION MINUTES FOR APRIL 14, 2003, BE APPROVED AS DISTRIBUTED.
THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #2 - Chairman’s Report: Mr. Bradsher
Mr. Bradsher welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Mr. Bradsher reminded everyone to plan to attend the public hearing
scheduled with the City on May 19. The properties being considered are the
Armature Winding Company, Grand Theater, Parks Hutchinson School, the
Newcombe-McElwee House and additional acreage for White Oak Plantation.
Mr. Bradsher encouraged everyone to attend the appreciation dinner for
Deborah Cox after the Survey Committee meeting on Thursday, June 5.
Mr. Bradsher extended a special thank you to the Education Committee for
the lovely thirty year celebration event held on May 1 at the Charlotte
Cotton Mill. He thanked all Commissioners who attended. Best Impressions
Catering donated the delicious food.
Item #3 - Director’s Report: Dr. Morrill
Dr. Morrill reported that in addition to next week’s public hearings,
other public hearings are scheduled for June 16th. The hearings will
include: Bryant park, Elmwood-Pinewood Cemetery, and the Calvin Neal House.
Dr. Morrill reported that all papers have been signed for the closing on
the Croft Schoolhouse. He said that this brings to a close a five-year
process for the saving of this property.
Dr. Morrill reported that the issue of the streetcar barn continues to
evolve. The Board of County Commissioners will decide on May 20th whether it
will commit $1.5 million of Land Bond money, as requested by the HLC, to the
purchase of the Bland Street building. Dr. Morrill said that he will not be
able to be present due to a prior commitment to speak at the Charlotte
Museum of History.
Dr. Morrill reported that Attorney Patricia Nystrom continues to have
discussions with Charlotte Trolley about the transfer of title of Streetcar
85 to that body. As you remember, the HLC wanted clarification from CATS as
to whether it would be necessary for CATS to hold title in order to be able
to spend Federal money on the restoration of the streetcar. Charlotte
Trolley and CATS have been working on an operations agreement, which
specifies that Charlotte Trolley can and will hold title to the streetcar as
long as Charlotte Trolley exists and would be transferred to CATS thereafter
MR. MISENHEIMER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. NORMAN TO AUTHORIZE
ATTORNEY PATRICIA NYSTROM TO PREPARE THE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTS TO TRANSFER
OWNERSHIP OF STREETCAR 85 TO CHARLOTTE TROLLEY, INC., SUBJECT TO THE
COMMISSION’S CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF SUCH DOCUMENTS AT A FUTURE
MEETING OF THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Dr. Morrill reported that Ms. Belle Banks, the owner of Cedar Grove
Plantation, has requested that historic landmarks designation be removed
from the entire property. Dr. Morrill said that he met with her and the
planning director of the Town of Huntersville, at the Huntersville Town Hall
on May 8th. Dr. Morrill said that Ms. Banks did agree to allow staff to
develop a proposal that would retain historic landmarks designation for a
lesser amount of land. Staff will make that proposal and take it to the next
meeting of the Survey Committee.
Dr. Morrill said that the HLC has received a proposal for the development
of the W. T. Alexander Plantation. He said that the Projects Committee has
appointed a subcommittee to investigate the proposal and to make a
recommendation to the Projects Committee at its next meeting.
Dr. Morrill reported that National Register Study List Applications for
the Sidney and Ethel Grier House, the Grier-Rea House, and the Rozzel House
have been received by the North Carolina Division of Archives and History.
Dr. Morrill announced that the HLC was not awarded a Grant from the N. C.
Division of Archives and History to survey signage and miscellaneous
structures in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. He said that the State only had $67,000
to distribute State-wide.
Dr. Morrill reported that the lawyer representing the owners of the Ada
Manufacturing Company has requested that the HLC table its consideration of
this matter for 30 days, so the attorney can become fully informed on the
consequences of historic landmarks designation.
Dr. Morrill said that discussions continue with the County about next
year’s operational budget for the Historic landmarks Commission. He
anticipates that the HLC will be able to continue its current level of
operations but that approval of betterments is unlikely.
Dr. Morrill reported that Historic Charlotte will be vacating its office
space at the end of the month. The living room will be converted into a
meeting room for smaller groups.
Dr. Morrill reported that the HLC has received a letter with respect to
the East Trade Street (400 block) properties where the new Arena will be
built. He said that the HLC can consider the matter under the Projects
Dr. Morrill reported that Staff will be writing a letter to officials of
Queens University about the prospective designation of the Lethco House on
Roswell Avenue. Queens University now owns the property which will be used
as the residence of the University’s President.
Dr. Morrill reported that Staff will be presenting to the next meeting of
the Survey Committee a report documenting the history of additional land to
be included in a historic landmarks designation for the Oehler House. This
is in response to a request from the Huntersville Town Board.
Dr. Morrill reported that construction has begun on the new pavilion
building (classroom and bathrooms) at Rural Hill Plantation. The foundation
is being built beneath the Grier-Rea House. Final construction drawings are
being done by Copeland Architects. Don Yelverton is expected to appear
before the HLC later this evening to present conceptual plans for the
Item #4 - Projects Committee Report: Mr. Parker and Ms. Bos
Mr. Parker reported that the Projects Committee met May 5, 2003. Minutes
can be found on the HLC’s website - www.cmhpf.org - and are on file at the
THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE SIDNEY AND
ETHEL GRIER HOUSE, 4701 MCKEE ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N. C., BE RESTORED IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE PLANS PRESENTED BY COPELAND ARCHITECT, WHICH INCLUDES
STABILIZATION, EXTERIOR FINISHING, AND INTERIOR RESTORATION TO BRING THE
HOUSE TO THE PROPOSED SHELL CONDITION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION TO PURSUE PURCHASE OF
THE YANDELL HOUSE, 129 MAIN STREET, PINEVILLE, N. C., SUBJECT TO THE
PROPERTY’S BEING DESIGNATED AS A HISTORIC LANDMARKS BEFORE CLOSING. THE
COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Dr. Morrill reported that the house will be referred to as the Oakley
House from now on. Dr. Morrill said that the purchase of the house is
contingent upon the historic designation of the house. He said that he will
ask the Town of Pineville to consider sharing some of the costs with the
THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION TO
MOVE AHEAD WITH THE PURCHASE OF THE GRAND THEATER, 333 BEATTIES FORD ROAD,
CHARLOTTE, N. C., AND THAT ATTORNEY PATRICIA NYSTROM CONTACT THE OWNER TO
EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF NEGOTIATING A LOWER PURCHASE PRICE. THE
COMMISSION APPROVED THE MOTION WITH A VOTE OF OPPOSITION CAST BY MR. PARKER.
Ms. Nystrom reported that she did contact the owner after the Projects
Committee meeting and that the owner will not lower the purchase price.
A copy of a letter dated May 9, 2003, from James W. Schumacher, P. E.,
City Engineer, was distributed to each Commissioner’s seat regarding the
four buildings in the 400 block of East Trade Street scheduled for
demolition when the new Arena is built. The letter stated that the arena
project schedule requires that the buildings be demolished beginning by July
1. The City would require a contract with the party by June 30, specifying
the terms of the facades’ removal and the associated coasts. The
Construction Manager’s estimate for removal, storage and reconstruction of
the facades is $1,500,000. The contract amount for their removal and
delivery to another location only would be a lesser amount, to be determined
by the low bid of the demolition contractors. A predicted range for that
cost would be $400,000 to $800,000. The arena Construction Manager will take
bids from qualified demolition contractors, manage the work, and deliver the
components to a specified storage location to be provided by the party.
MR. NORMAN PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH THAT
THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION CONTINUE TO SEEK A PRESERVATION SOLUTION
FOR THE ENDANGERED PRE-1920 STRUCTURES IN THE 400 BLOCK OF EAST TRADE STREET
(401, 405, 409 and 411) , CHARLOTTE, N.C., AND THAT DR. MORRILL PREPARE A
DRAFT OF A LETTER ON BEHALF OF THE HLC TO THE MAYOR OF CHARLOTTE AND THE
CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS STATING THE HLC’S CONCERNS AND THAT THE
LETTER BE SIGNED BY MEMBERS OF THE HLC. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
MR. PARKER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH THAT
THE HLC TABLE ANY MOTIONS REGARDING A LISTING AGREEMENT FOR THE CHARLOTTE
COTTON MILL BUILDING "B" , 508 W. FIFTH STREET, CHARLOTTE, N. C., SO THAT
ATTORNEY PATRICIA NYSTROM CAN COMPLETE HER NEGOTIATIONS WITH PAPPAS
PROPERTIES AND REPORT TO THE COMMISSION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
Mr. Parker said that the Highland Mill motion will be considered in
Executive Session later in the meeting.
Item #5 - Design Review Committee Report: Mr. Hirsch
Mr. Hirsch reported that the Design Review Committee met April 29, 2003.
No motions were presented. Design concepts were discussed for the Sidney and
Ethel Grier House and for the Grier-Rea House. The minutes can be found on
the HLC’s website - www.cmhpf.org. The Committee is scheduled to meet again
May 27, 3002.
Item #6 - Survey Committee Report: Ms. Cox
Ms. Cox reported that the Survey Committee met April 24, 2003. Minutes
can be found on the HLC’s website.
MS. COX PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. MISENHEIMER THAT THE
CONSIDERATION OF THE ADA COTTON MILL, 630 W. 11TH STREET, CHARLOTTE, N. C.,
BE DELAYED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 30 DAYS. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
MS. COX PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH TO DEFER CONSIDERATION
OF THE FRANK LYTLE HOUSE, 16829 HUNTERSVILLE-CONCORD ROAD, HUNTERSVILLE, N.
C., AN ADDITIONAL 90 DAYS. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
The owners of the South 21 Curbside Restaurant were present to ask that
the property not be processed for historic designation. The Survey Committee
presented a motion at its January 30, 2003, meeting that the property
(interior, exterior, and land associated with the tax parcel) be processed
for historic designation.
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. SULLIVAN TO PROCESS THE
SOUTH 21 CURBSIDE RESTAURANT’S SIGN, 3631 SOUTH BOULEVARD, CHARLOTTE, N. C.,
FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Representative were present in support of the HLC’s recommending historic
designation for the American Legion Memorial Stadium. Mr. Broome presented
interesting photographs and information. Dr. Morrill gave a presentation of
the property. He said that the integrity of the stadium has been compromised
due to renovations, but that enough of the original structure is intact for
the property to be considered historically noteworthy. Mr. Thrower was
present in support of historic designation and a copy of his letter was
distributed to each Commissioner. The HLC members understand that a baseball
park is being discussed to replace the current stadium.
THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE AMERICAN LEGION
MEMORIAL STADIUM, LOCATED BETWEEN SAM RYBURN WALK AND EAST SEVENTH ON EAST
INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD IN CHARLOTTE, N. C. (ENTIRE STADIUM AND AMOUNT OF
PROPERTY TO INSURE ITS SETTING) BE PROCESSED FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK
DESIGNATION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Mr. Gray presented a Survey and Research report on the Oakley (formerly
called Yandell) House. The house, located on .96 acres of land, was built in
1920 on Main Street in Pineville, before the paving of the street in 1925.
MS. COX PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. BOS THAT THE OAKLEY HOUSE, 129
MAIN STREET, PINEVILLE, N. C. (INTERIOR, EXTERIOR, AND ENTIRE TAX PARCEL) BE
PROCESSED FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION. THE COMMISSION PASSED THE MOTION WITH
MR. KLUTTZ ABSTAINING FROM THE VOTE AND MR. HIRSCH CASTING A VOTE OPPOSING THE
THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE REID HOUSE, 136
MAIN STREET, PINEVILLE, N. C., AND THE SHAW HOUSE, 2400 MECKLENBURG AVENUE,
CHARLOTTE, N. C., BE PLACED ON THE HLC’S INVENTORY LIST. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION THAT STAFF PERFORM A
FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CONDUCTING A CENTER CITY SURVEY. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #7 - Education Committee Report: Ms. Richardson & Mr. Sullivan
Mr. Sullivan reported that the Education Committee met April 28, 2003, to
make final arrangements for the "Celebrating Three Decades of Preserving Our
City-County Heritage" event which was held Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 8:30
a.m., at the Charlotte Cotton Mill, 508 W. 5th Street. He said that Best
Impressions Caterers donated the food and drinks. Edgar Love, the HLC
Chairman in 1974, Jeff Bradsher, Ross Richardson and Dan Morrill spoke at
the occasion. The Kenneth Whitsett mural was displayed.
Item #8 - Rural Hill Schoolhouse Report: Mr. Misenheimer
Mr. Misenheimer reported that the concrete pad is in place for the
classroom/bathroom facility which will accompany the Davidson Schoolhouse at
Rural Hill. He said that the Scottish Valley Scottish Society is interested
in co-hosting with the HLC a special opening event for the new building.
Item #9 - Treasurer’s Report: Ms. Bos
Ms. Bos reported that she, Mr. Norman, Mr. Turner and Dr. Morrill met
April 25, 2003, to discuss and evaluate the bond fund’s financial condition.
She said that the Committee recommends that the County audit the HLC’s bond
Mr. Sullivan left the meeting at this point - 7:30 p.m.
Item #10 - Nominating Committee Report: Ms. Johnson-Gess
Ms. Johnson-Gess presented the Nominating Committee’s (Ms. Johnson-Gess,
Chr., Mr. Hirsch, Ms. Hockett) proposed slate of HLC officers for fiscal
year 2003-2004 as follows:
Mr. Bradsher, HLC Chairman
Mr. Misenheimer, HLC Vice-Chairman
Ms. Boss, HLC Secretary
Mr. Sullivan, HLC Treasurer
Ms. Johnson-Gess said that the vote for officers will be held at the June
9, 2003, meeting, and that nominations can be made from the floor.
Item #11 - Old Business
Mr. Parker reported that the Projects Committee approved a motion in
Executive Session at the May 5th meeting recommending that HLC Staff develop
a bottom line money figure that the HLC can afford to assist in the Highland
Mills Restoration being undertaken by Winter Properties. Ms. Nystrom
explained the details of the situation. The HLC cannot loan money for
projects with revolving bond fund money. Ms. Rogers was present from Bank of
America, the bank which will lend Winter Properties the money for the
project, to answer questions. She said that BofA has no comps to compare
this project to, that it is a risk, but that due to the success of Winter
Properties in Atlanta, that the bank feels comfortable making the loan for
the Highland Mills Project. The bank will not loan the entire amount needed
for the project without additional guarantees, however, and that is why the
HLC’s help is needed for this important designated historic landmark located
in North Charlotte. Mr. Silverman was present from Winter Properties to
answer questions and to explain the proposed project. Winter Properties
would sell the HLC a specific section of the mill for restoration with a yet
undetermined amount of bond funds, and then Winter Properties will buy back
the section owned by the HLC under certain proposed conditions not firmly in
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. NORMAN THAT THE HISTORIC
LANDMARKS COMMISSION CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MR. MISENHEIMER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. COX THAT THE HISTORIC
LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECONVENE IN ITS REGULAR SESSION. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
The HLC voted in Executive Session to make every effort to be involved
with the Highland Mills restoration project subject to a satisfactory
Item #12 - New Business
No new business was presented.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:00 p.m.