Historic Landmarks Commission
MAY 14, 2001
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N. C.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.
Ms. Ava Autrey/City, Design Review Committee Chairman
Ms. Tattie Bos/Mayor, Design Review Committee V. Chairman
Mr. Jeff Bradsher/County, HLC Chairman
Mr. Bernard Felder/City
Ms. Phiderika Foust/County
Mr. Scott Hirsch/City, HLC Treasurer
Mr. John Misenheimer/County, Education Committee Chairman
Mr. John J. Parker, III/Mayor, Projects Committee Chairman
Ms. Ross Richardson/County, Survey Committee V. Chairman
Mr. Michael Sullivan/County
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Bryan Turner, HLC/Projects Manager, County Real Estate Dept.
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Ms. Deborah Cox/City, HLC V. Chr., Survey Committee Chairman
Mr. David T. Ritch, MHA President (ex-officio)
Ms. Laurie Guy, Queens College/Withers-Efird House
Mr. Charlie Clayton, Carolina Theatre Preservation Society
Item #1 - Approval of Minutes
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. FOUST THAT THE MINUTES
FOR APRIL 9, 2001, BE APPROVED AS DISTRIBUTED. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY
APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #2 - Chairman’s Report: Mr. Bradsher
Mr. Bradsher welcomed everyone to the meeting.
MS. RICHARDSON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. PARKER THAT THE MONEY
REMAINING FROM THE $1,000.00 DONATION BY MS. CATHERINE BROWNING,
APPROXIMATELY $700.00, BE USED FOR HLC FOOD, A BUS IF NEEDED FOR AN
IN-HOUSE TOUR, OR ANY OTHER OFFICE ITEMS THAT MIGHT ASSIST HLC ACTIVITIES.
THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Mr. Bradsher reminded the Commissioners that the HLC will not meet in
Item #3 - Director’s Report: Dr. Morrill
Dr. Morrill reported that the listing of the Croft Schoolhouse with
Percivals expired on May 13th.
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. FELDER TO PLACE THE
LISTING OF THE CROFT SCHOOLHOUSE WITH SPRINGSTEED REALTY FOR A PERIOD OF
SIX MONTHS AND FOR A COMMISSION OF NO MORE THAN SIX PERCENT. THE
COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. MISENHEIMER THAT DR.
MORRILL AND MR. PARKER CONSULT WITH SPRINGSTEED REALTY ABOUT THE WISDOM OF
SEEKING A LESSEE FOR THE CROFT SCHOOLHOUSE AND NEGOTIATE AND APPROVE A
LEASE IF IT IS DEEMED THAT SUCH WOULD BE PRUDENT. THE COMMISSION
UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Dr. Morrill reported that an ad-hoc committee composed of Ms. Autrey,
Mr. Felder, Mr. Parker, Mr. Paul Fomberg of Archives and History, Mr.
Turner and Dr. Morrill met on May 9th to interview a pool of architects to
provide design services for prospective projects.
MR. PARKER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH THAT SIX
ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS (1)YELVERTON ARCHITECTS, 2) JOSEPH K. OPPERMAN 3)
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO 4) THE COPLAND OFFICE 5) AB ARCHITECT AND 6)
McCLURE NICHOLSON MONTGOMERY & SEVERS ARCHITECTS BE PRE-QUALIFIED FOR
HLC PROJECTS AND THAT A PROCEDURE BE ESTABLISHED WHEREBY STAFF SHALL
RECOMMEND ARCHITECTS FROM THAT POOL FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS AND WHEREBY THE
PROJECTS COMMITTEE WILL FORMULATE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING
SAME FOR CONSIDERATION
BY THE HLC. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MR. PARKER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH THAT THE PROJECTS
COMMITTEE BE AUTHORIZED TO APPROVE A CONTRACT WITH JOSEPH K. OPPERMAN TO
MAKE PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENTS OF THE PRESERVATION STRATEGIES FOR THE OEHLER
HOUSE AND THE McAULEY HOUSES. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
Dr. Morrill reported that the owner of the Grier-Rea House has
submitted a proposal to the Historic Landmarks Commission. The owner will
donate the house to the Commission on the condition that the house will be
moved off the site no later than August 1, 2002. Also, the owner is
willing to sell a lot across Rea Road of approximately 1/2 acre for
$125,000. The house is not now designated as a historic landmarks. It must
be so designated before the Commission can spend any money on moving or
restoring the house. There are several options open to the Commission. The
HLC agreed that the matter be referred to the Projects Committee for
Dr. Morrill reported that the HLC recently received a letter from the
City, the owner of the Carolina Theater, stating that it believes that
proceeding with historic designation for the remaining interior parts of
the Carolina Theater is premature at this point. Currently, only the
facades facing Tryon Street are designated historic. Dr. Morrill reminded
the Commissioners that N. C. General Statute 160A-400 states that
designation of the interior of a building can only occur with the owner’s
consent. He said that since the City owns the property it has the legal
right to decide whether the Carolina Theater interior can be designated as
a historic landmark.
MR. FELDER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH THAT THE HLC NOT
PROCEED WITH THE DESIGNATION PROCESS FOR THE CAROLINA THEATER AT THIS
TIME, BUT THAT CONTACT BE MAINTAINED WITH THE CITY TO DETERMINE WHEN ALL
OR ANY PORTION OF THE CAROLINA THEATER CAN SERVE PRESERVATION PLANS FOR
THE STRUCTURE AS THE OWNER AND HLC JOINTLY DEEM APPROPRIATE. THE
COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Note: It should be noted that Mr. Clayton of the Carolina Theatre
Preservation Society arrived at a later point in the meeting to tell the
HLC about the interest and work of his organization. He said that the
group would like for the HLC to begin processing the Carolina Theater
immediately for historic designation in order to insure restoration, not
renovation, for the property. Mr. Clayton was told about the above action
taken by the HLC and the reasons for the action.
Dr. Morrill reported that the voters approved $220,000,000 in November
2000 for land acquisition (Land Bond money) of which $60,000,000 has been
spent. He said that a most interesting development has occurred with
respect to the Historic Landmarks Commission’s possibly having the legal
right to use portions of the money to acquire historic landmarks. He said
that there is a need for a comprehensive strategy for use of the money, so
that the needs of various County departments are taken into account. He
said that he has been instructed to provide by May 31st a comprehensive
list of properties that the HLC might use Land Bond money to acquire.
MR. MISENHEIMER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. AUTREY THAT AN AD
HOC COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF MS. BOS, MS. RICHARDSON, MR. MISENHEIMER, MR.
BRADSHER, AND MR. PARKER CONFER WITH STAFF IN PREPARING A LIST OF
PROPERTIES FOR SUBMISSION TO THE COUNTY BY MAY 31ST THAT THE HLC MIGHT USE
LAND BANK MONEY TO ACQUIRE. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
Dr. Morrill reported that discussions with the Coliseum Authority
regarding the prospective designation of the Charlotte Coliseum (original)
and Ovens Auditorium continue. He said that the Coliseum Authority has
asked him to make a presentation regarding the prospect of designation.
MS. BOS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. FELDER THAT THE HISTORIC
LANDMARKS COMMISSION DELAY PROCESSING THE ORIGINAL CHARLOTTE COLISEUM AND
OVENS AUDITORIUM FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION UNTIL HLC STAFF MEETS WITH THE
BOARD OF THE COLISEUM AUTHORITY. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
Dr. Morrill reported that the owner of the Electric Supply and
Equipment Company is still interested in historic designation for the
building. The Survey Committee has recommended that the building not be
recommended for historic designation because in the committee’s opinion,
the building does not retain sufficient historic integrity.
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. SULLIVAN TO DELAY UNTIL
THE HLC’S JUNE MEETING, CONSIDERATION OF THE ELECTRIC SUPPLY AND
EQUIPMENT COMPANY BUILDING, 431 PENMAN STREET, CHARLOTTE, N. C., FOR
HISTORIC DESIGNATION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Dr. Morrill reported that the joint public hearing with City Council to
consider designation of the Withers-Efird House is scheduled to occur June
21. At this point, he recognized Ms. Guy from Queens College. Ms. Guy said
that the Queens College Board of Trustees does not want the house to be
MR. HIRSCH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. FOUST THAT THE HISTORIC
LANDMARKS COMMISSION TERMINATE THE HISTORIC DESIGNATION PROCESS FOR THE
WITHERS-EFIRD HOUSE ON SELWYN AVENUE. THE COMMISSION APPROVED THE MOTION
WITH THE FOLLOWING VOTE: FAVOR: AUTREY, BOS, BRADSHER, FELDER, FOUST,
HIRSCH, MISENHEIMER, PARKER, RICHARDSON OPPOSE: SULLIVAN ABSTAIN: NONE.
Dr. Morrill reported that the City would be contacted to cancel the
Dr. Morrill reported that the Town Board of Huntersville voted not to
designate the John Milton Alexander House on Beatties Ford Road as a
historic landmark pending additional discussions between the Commission
and the owner. He said that he has sent a packet of information to the
owner, but that previous contacts suggest that the owner will not consent
Dr. Morrill reported that the designation process continues for the
Coffey House, the Oehler House, the McAuley House at its new location and
the Rozzell House. He said that the Coffey House hearing with the Board of
County Commissioners should occur in June.
Dr. Morrill reported that the ad hoc committee dealing with the trolley
barn met with members of the Board of Charlotte Trolley, Inc. on May 8. He
said that the committee decided that it would meet again following
clarification of two issues - 1) determination of which firm is approved
to develop the municipal-owned land surrounding the Hal Marshall Center
and 2) determination of whether it would be possible for the Commission to
use Land Bond money to acquire historic landmarks.
Dr. Morrill reported that an ad-hoc committee dealing with the issue of
Cedar Grove met April 26th and May 10th at Cedar Grove. He said that the
first meeting, chaired by Ms. Cox, was with the owner, Ms. Belle Banks,
and that the second meeting, also chaired by Ms. Cox, was with the owner
and members of a church that wishes to purchase twenty acres of land that
is designated historic. Dr. Morrill reported that discussion will
Dr. Morrill said that, unknown to staff, the owners of the Mt. Zion
Lutheran Church in the Cherry Community had already signed a sales
contract with a private sector buyer before the April meeting of the
Commission. He said that he has notified the Church that if the contract
is not consummated that the Church should contact the HLC office. Mr.
Bradsher expressed concern about the HLC’s not having presented a
contingency contract that would have enabled the HLC to act faster in
property negotiations. He said that this lesson should be kept in mind in
future negotiations with property owners. Mr. Bradsher asked that Mr.
Turner contact Attorney Patricia Nystrom to develop a standard form for
the HLC contingency contracts.
Mr. Sullivan left the meeting at this point - 7:20 p.m.
Dr. Morrill reported that the $7500 contract for the Survey of African
American resources has been signed and returned to the N. C. Division of
Archives and History. Staff will request that $15,000 of the Survey Budget
Betterment Request before the County be used to fund the balance of the
project. He said that the Survey of Institutional and Industrial buildings
Dr. Morrill reported that Historic Charlotte, Inc., has not notified
the HLC about the release of $45,000 from the Knight Foundation to assist
with the building of an auxiliary building at the Davidson Schoolhouse at
Rural Hill. Consequently, work cannot proceed.
Dr. Morrill asked Mr. Turner to give an update on the status of the HLC’s
current projects. Mr. Turner presented the following update:
- Charlotte Cotton Mills: Bid for demolition were received May 10,
2001. Anticipate issuing notice to proceed during the week of May 14.
Demolition is anticipated to begin by the first week of June with a 75-day
completion period. Begin design of Phase II in June, with construction to
begin August 1. Building C demolished. Building B belongs to the HLC.
- Oehler Farm, land acquisition: Land acquisition w/land banking
bonds approved by BOCC on Feb. 6 and purchase complete on March 8.
Preliminary site plan presentation in the Commission April 9, 2001.
Establishing 5-acre flag lots and locating site for McAuley house.
Awaiting approval of environmental site evaluation for waste system.
- Rozzell House: Contracts from Crosland have been received and
forwarded to Pat Nystrom for review. Some revisions will be required.
Property being prepared for historic designation. Inspection of additional
properties is required prior to acceptance of contracts. Awaiting zoning
approval to proceed. Zoning approval anticipated June 10. Boundary survey
has been completed with boundary flagged at 50 ft. intervals.
- McAuley House: Designated historic Feb. 20, 2001. Preparation for
relocation has begun. Preliminary construction began April 16. Awaiting
approval of environmental permit for new location at Oehler Farm.
- Rosenwald School (Newell): Letter forwarded to Lodge President
advising requirements for Historic Landmarks to be involved in Building
- Palmer Fire School: Dr. Morrill has reviewed preliminary schematic
master plans being developed by FWA. Architect to make additional
modifications and request another review. Discussed schedule with FWA and
they anticipate having additional information for review by 1st of June.
- Mt. Zion Lutheran Church: Church members have advised they have
contracted with Deconti Odden & Griffith Inc. Contractors for the sale
of the property.
- Dr. George E. Davis House: Board of Directors of JCSU has directed
university attorneys to proceed with division of university property to
include the Davis House. No additional information has been obtained as of
May 11, 2001.
- Croft School House: Extensive site cleanup has been accomplished.
Exterior and interior paint repair will be completed as a maintenance
issue. New sales agent to be approved.
- Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House, 2100 Randolph Rd.: Approval of
contract by Pat Nystrom complete. Building and system inspections have
been completed. Mandatory referral scheduled for May 15, 2001.
- W. T. Alexander Plantation: Consultants developed schematic plans
for review by Projects committee at March 22nd meeting. Schematic
masterplans have been forwarded to several residential developers for
input to economic feasibility response requested by May 14, 2001.
Item #4 - Design Review Committee Report: Ms. Autrey
The Design Review Committee met April 25, 2001. Minutes from the
meeting and copies of issued Certificates of Appropriateness are on file
at the HLC office.
Minutes can also be found on the HLC’s website: www.cmhpf.org or
THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTED A SECONDED MOTION TO DELAY THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR 365 DAYS FROM THE
ISSUANCE DATE AND THAT THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE GIVE THE MOST SERIOUS
CONSIDERATION TO THE FEASIBILITY OF THE COMMISSION’S PURCHASING THE
ROBINSON HOUSE, 8716 STEELE CREEK ROAD, MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N. C., AND THE
TAX PARCEL NUMBER WITHIN WHICH IT SITS, SO THAT DEVELOPMENT CAN OCCUR
WHICH WOULD BE SENSITIVE TO THE RURAL CHARACTER OF THE ROBINSON HOUSE AND
ITS SURROUNDINGS. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
The next Design Review Committee meeting is scheduled for May 30, 2001,
at 5:30 p.m., at the HLC office. The meeting is always held 17 days after
the monthly HLC meeting at the HLC office. Applications for Certificates
of Appropriateness are due by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the monthly HLC
Item #5 - Education Committee Report: Mr. Misenheimer
Mr. Misenheimer reported that the Education Committee met April 19,
2001. Minutes are on file at the HLC office and are distributed on the HLC’s
website: www.cmhpf.org or www.landmarkscommission.org.
Mr. Misenheimer reported that the Board of Editors met March 15, 2001,
to discuss plans for the Website Journal. The Board of Editors will review
and select manuscripts for an INTERNET Journal on the HLC’s website. The
Board members include Mr. Misenheimer, Chairman of the Education
Committee, Dr. Annette Snapp from the Charlotte Museum of History, Dr.
Marianne Bumgarner-Davis from JCSU, Dr. James Hogue from UNCC, Mr. Robin
Brabham from Special Collections at the UNCC Atkins Library Dr. Thomas
Hanchett, Museum of the New South and Dr. Morrill.
Mr. Misenheimer reported that Ms. Sally Billington told him that
Historic Charlotte has not received a letter as of today’s date
authorizing Historic Charlotte to turn over the $45,000 grant money to the
Historic Landmarks Commission to build a bathroom/auxiliary classroom
facility to serve the Davidson Schoolhouse.
Dr. Morrill reported that he was in New York City April 15 - 17. He
said that a series of video tapes on inner city neighborhoods are offered
for sale to the public and that the Education committee might be
interested in pursuing a project of this type, possibly through WTVI. The
Committee agreed that Dr. Morrill should pursue this possibility.
Mr. Misenheimer reported that the next Education Committee is scheduled
for June 21, 2001 at the HLC office.
Item #6 Projects Committee Report: Mr. Parker
Mr. Parker reported that the Projects Committee will meet Tuesday, May
22, 2001, at 6:00 p.m., at the HLC office.
Item #7 - Survey Committee Report: Ms. Cox
Dr. Morrill reported that the Survey Committee will meet Thursday, June
7, 2001, at 6:00 p.m., at the HLC office.
Item #8 - Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Hirsch
No further motions were presented as the $700.00 discretionary money
was voted on under the Chairman’s Report.
The HLC budget year runs July 1 to June 30 of each calendar year.
Item # 9 - Reports on Designated Historic Landmarks
a. Ms. Richardson reported on 8 properties in Biddleville, one property
in Wesley Heights and 6 properties in West Charlotte.
Item #10 - Nominating Committee Report: Ms. Autrey
Ms. Autrey, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, reported that the
Committee (Ms. Autrey, Ms. Foust, Mr. Parker) met and presents the
following recommended slate for HLC officers FY2001-2002 which will be
voted on at the June 11, 2001 HLC meeting:
Vice-Chairman: John Misenheimer
Secretary: Ross Richardson
Treasurer: Tattie Bos
Ms. Autrey reminded the Commissioners that nominations can be made from
the floor with the nominee’s consent before voting for officers at the
June 11th meeting.
MS. AUTREY PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. HIRSCH THAT THE ANNUAL
ELECTION OF HLC OFFICERS BE HELD AT THE JUNE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
MEETING. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #11 - Old Business
No motions were presented.
Item #12 - New Business
No motions were presented.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.