Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
PROJECTS COMMITTEE MEETING
February 3, 2003
Location: 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.
John Parker, Committee Chairman
Tattie Bos, Committee Vice-Chairman
Jeff Bradsher, HLC Chairman
John Misenheimer, HLC Vice-Chairman
Dan Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Bryan Turner, HLC Projects Manager
Patricia Nystrom, HLC Attorney
Allen Brooks, HLC Architectural Consultant (Rural Hill Schoolhouse)
Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Cameron Blake Holtz, Executive Director of Historic Charlotte, Inc.
Mr. Parker welcomed everyone to the meeting. The next Projects
Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2003, at the HLC office.
1. Consulting Director’s Report: Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill reported that an article is scheduled to appear very soon in
The Charlotte Observer on the Palmer Fire School.
Dr. Morrill reported that he received a call recently from a member of
the Sam Taylor family about the W. B. Newell House on the Old Concord Road.
The house, a two-story vernacular style dwelling built in 1887 and
designated historic in 1982, faces the railroad track in Newell. The house
is surrounded by land which is being developed, and the family would like
for the house to be preserved in some satisfactory way for posterity.
Dr. Morrill explained the sources of money available to the HLC for
historic property acquisition, renovation, etc. The 1) Land Bond is
money which can only be used to purchase the South Boulevard Trolley Barn.
The 2) Revolving Fund is money the Commission has obtained from
selling property. The money can be used for infill and for purchase and
renovation of properties that are in a local historic district or are
designated historic landmarks. The 3) Bond Fund is money not yet
spent. This money can only be used for purchasing and renovating properties
that are designated historic or are in local historic districts. This money
cannot be used for infill. Dr. Morrill said that Bond Fund money will
eventually be completely depleted. He emphasized that the HLC is not under
pressure to spend funds in the Revolving Fund, but that there is pressure to
spend the Bond Fund money.
Dr. Morrill said that he has received a call from a party interested in
developing the W. T. Alexander property. Mr. Turner said that the RFP’s for
that property are ready to be mailed.
MR. KLUTTZ PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. BOS THAT THE DRAFT RFP’S
FOR THE W. T. ALEXANDER PLANTATION BE ELECTRONICALLY CIRCULATED TOMORROW TO
MEMBERS OF THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE AND THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION FOR
REVIEW AND THAT THE MATTER BE DISCUSSED ON MONDAY NIGHT’S AGENDA (FEB. HLC
MEETING) BY THE HLC. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
2. Trolley Barn: Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill reported that Mr. Ron Tober, Director of CATS, expects to
receive a report from consultants on the Bland Street project on February
14th. On February 24th, Mr. Tober will present its recommended FY’ 04
capital budget to the Metropolitan Transit Commission. If the HLC needs to
be involved to accomplish the restoration of the Trolley Barn, $1.423
million dollars is available from Land Bond funds subject to final Board of
County Commission approval.
3. Rural Hill Schoolhouse Projects: Bryan Turner
Mr. Brooks distributed a financial breakdown of proposed bids for
construction of the pavilion building at Rural Hill for the Davidson
Schoolhouse. The HLC has voted to spend up to $55,000 to accompany the
$45,000 Knight Foundation grant for the structure. Ms. Cameron Blake Holtz,
executive director of Historic Charlotte, Inc., spoke in support of two
bathrooms for the facility instead of one. She said that the Catawba Valley
Scottish Society also endorses two bathrooms. Mr. Turner said that the water
is drained from the toilets and "moth-balled" in cold months and that the
toilets are not usable during that time. Mr. Brooks said that the initial
plans for the pavilion included reusing the roof from the old schoolhouse
which stood close to the Davidson Schoolhouse but that the roof has
disintegrated to the point that it should not be used on the new
MR. KLUTTZ PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. MISENHEIMER TO RECOMMEND TO
THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION
CONTRACT WITH DE BROWN BUILDERS AND ALLOCATE AN ADDITIONAL $15,000 FOR THE
CONSTRUCTION OF A SECOND BATHROOM AT THE PAVILION FOR THE DAVIDSON
SCHOOLHOUSE AT RURAL HILL, THAT A REGULAR AS OPPOSED TO A WATERLESS URINAL
BE INSTALLED, AND THAT THE TOTAL CONTRACT PRICE NOT EXCEED $115,000. THE
COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Mr. Kluttz said that even though he made the motion for spending this
money from the revolving fund for the Schoolhouse project, it is important
to remember that this action does not set a precedent for spending money on
worthy projects where the HLC cannot recoup the funds spent if need be. He
said that the HLC needs to be very careful about such "one way"
4. W. T. Alexander Plantation Project: Bryan Turner
(See the motion regarding R.F.P.’s for the W. T. Alexander Plantation
under Consulting Director’s report.)
A Status Report prepared by Mr. Turner on
all HLC Projects, including the W. T. Alexander Plantation, is attached.
5. Report of Funds Analysis Subcommittee: Tattie Bos
A January ‘03 financial report was distributed to each committee member.
The report regarding the HLC’s projects was discussed. Mr. Norman and Ms.
Bos continue to assist Mr. Turner in establishing a format that is complete
and easy to read and understand.
6. Old Business
Ms. Nystrom reported that the Palmer Fire School closing should take
place by the end of this month. She said that the Committee needed to
discuss the Croft Schoolhouse in Executive Session.
MS. JOHNSON-GESS PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. COX THAT THE
COMMITTEE CONVENE IN EXECUTIVE SESSION. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
MR. MISENHEIMER PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. COX THAT THE COMMITTEE
RECONVENE IN THE REGULAR MEETING. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
The Committee voted in Executive Session on a suitable selling price for
the Croft Schoolhouse.
Ms. Cox reported that the Charlotte Cotton Mill marketing subcommittee
met to discuss what position the HLC might take with regard to leasing vs.
selling the HLC’s Building B of the Charlotte Cotton Mill. She said that the
Committee discussed leasing to a high quality tenant in addition to
marketing the property for sale, directing Dr. Morrill to write a memo to
the County in regards to the County’s leasing a portion of Building B and
investigating the most efficient way and the best party to market the
property. It was the sense of the Committee that it did not want to actively
pursue Mecklenburg County as a potential tenant in the building; that, while
it will consider any proposal about the building, it is at this point
somewhat hesitant to lease rather than sell the building; and Dr. Morrill
should inquire of Peter Pappas of Pappas Properties as to its level of
interest in continuing to act as the Commission’s agent for sale of the
building, the thought being that if Pappas Properties is not entirely
interested in continuing in that capacity, the Commission might want to
engage MECA Properties as its agent.
7. New Business.
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.