Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
PROJECTS COMMITTEE MEETING
March 3, 2003
Location: 2100 Randolph Road,
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
John Parker, Committee Chairman
Tattie Bos, Committee Vice-Chairman
Jeff Bradsher, HLC Chairman
John Misenheimer, HLC vice-Chairman
Dan Morrill, HLC Consulting
Bryan Turner, HLC Projects Manager
Patricia Nystrom, HLC Attorney
Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording
Mr. Parker welcomed everyone to the
meeting. The next Projects Committee meeting is scheduled for April 7, 2003
at 6:00 p.m. at the HLC office.
1. Consulting Director’s Report:
Dr. Morrill presented a power point Director’s Report.
2. Trolley Barn Update: Dr. Morrill
Dr. Morrill said that the situation
with the Trolley Barn on South Boulevard continues to evolve. He said that
the most important news is that the County Real Estate Services Department
will be making a request to the County Commission on March 18th that the
County use the $1.428 million in Land Bond Funds to purchase the Trolley
Barn and not to expect repayment. Such purchase would be contingent upon
CATS providing the money to restore the building as the home for the vintage
trolley line. CATS will be making its capital budget request to the
Metropolitan Transit Commission in late March. Mr. Turner commented that Mr.
Ron Tober told him that several sites are under consideration for a trolley
Ms. Nystrom reported that Mr.
Miller Jordan, President of Charlotte Trolley, Inc., contacted her about the
HLC transferring ownership of Trolley #85 to Charlotte Trolley, Inc. A bill
of sale would contain specific "reverter" clauses such as "that if Charlotte
Trolley, Inc. dissolved, the HLC would be able to buy back Trolley #85 for
what it sold the car to Charlotte Trolley for."
MR. NORMAN PRESENTED A MOTION
SECONDED BY MS. BOS TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT
THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION SELL TROLLEY #85 TO CHARLOTTE TROLLEY,
INC., CONTINGENT UPON THE HLC’S APPROVING AN ACCEPTABLE CONTRACT, WHICH WILL
BE PREPARED BY ATTORNEY PATRICIA NYSTROM, FOR THE PROPOSED SALE. THE
COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
3. Charlotte Cotton Mill Marketing:
Dr. Morrill reported that he had
talked with Mr. Peter Pappas about continuing to market the Charlotte Cotton
Mill Building B, which the HLC owns. Mr. Pappas is interested in continuing
to market the property. Dr. Morrill said that he had asked Ms. Nystrom to
prepare a formal listing contract with Pappas Properties for presentation to
the Historic Landmarks Commission.
4. Grand Theatre, 333 Beatties Ford
Road : Dr. Morrill
Dr. Morrill reported that the
current owner, Mr. Clay Thomas, is interested in selling the building which
is the only remaining theatre which once exclusively served African
Americans. Dr. Morrill said that Ms. Valerie Lewis, a member of this
committee, graciously donated her professional realtor services and had
determined that a selling price for the building should range between
$190,000 and $210,000. The owner says he is asking $275,000 for the
building. The owner says that the building has 8,000 square feet, not 4,000
square feet like the tax records show. The owner also says that the building
has new wiring and plumbing and a new roof. The building reportedly has ten
efficiency apartments upstairs and four beauty salons downstairs. The
Committee discussed the situation and agreed that the HLC’s Executive
Committee decision to offer $210,000.00 for the property is satisfactory for
now. Ms. Nystrom was instructed to draw up a purchase proposal for $210,000.
for the Grand Theatre.
An updated Projects Status Report
is attached to these minutes.
5. W. T. Alexander Plantation
Project: Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner reported that the RFP’s
will be distributed after approval by the County Attorney.
6. Report of Funds Analysis
Subcommittee: Ms. Bos
Ms. Bos reported that the sub
committee determines that the HLC has less than $3 million to spend on
projects. She said that Mr. John Spears, County Auditory, audited all of the
HLC’s projects in April 1997. Mr. Turner said that he has requested this
7. Potential New Projects
Dr. Morrill reported that Staff is
preparing a list of potential properties. The list will come from the World
War II Survey, the African-American Survey, the Industrial-Institutional
Survey and a City Survey done in the early 1980s. The Bethesda School is one
of the properties that will be on the list. Located on the corner of
Eastfield Road and Alexandriana Road, the School, owned by Merle King, has
been declared eligible for the National Register. Dr. Morrill showed a
photograph of the school.
8. Old Business
Ms. Nystrom reported that the
closing for the Palmer Fire School is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. The
HLC should received $390,000 from the sale. The HLC has a total investment
of $16,000 to date in the property.
Ms. Nystrom reported that she has
formally requested a meeting with Johnson C. Smith University officials
regarding the Davis House owned by JCSU. The HLC needs to know what the
school’s current intentions are regarding the property.
Dr. Morrill showed photographs of
four buildings located at 401, 405, 409 and 411 East Trade Street. The
buildings, constructed between 1920 and 1920, are scheduled for demolition
when the new arena is built. The Committee discussed the situation and
agreed that if the buildings, or facades of the buildings are saved,
whatever parts are used should be incorporated into the new structure on the
9. New Business
There was no new business.
The meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.