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The Blakeney family at the house, from an old family photo

September 1998

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY THE JAMES A BLAKENEY HOUSE. If you make the Blakeney House your home you will save over $90,000 on your North Carolina Income Tax. If you buy the Blakeney House and rent it for five years you will save over $60,000 on your Federal Income Tax and $60,000 on your North Carolina Income Tax. You will have one of our finest historic homes in one of Charlotte's best residential districts. What more could you want? Get in touch with us today.

August 1998

Actual work begins on the James A. Blakeney House on Monday, August 17th. At long last, the renovation of this important remnant of South Mecklenburg's rural past will get underway. Watch the news section closely. We will have many photographs of the workers bringing the Blakeney House back to life. Also, County Public Service and Information will be featuring the house on its monthly news programs. Watch Cable Channel 16.

July 1998

On July 13th, the Historic Landmarks Commission awarded the construction contract for the restoration of the James Blakeney House to Mann Contractors. Actual work should begin by the first week in August. Mann Contractors, headed by Joe Mann, did the work on the Funderburk Grist Mill and Blacksmith Shop in Matthews and knows how to do things right. The upfit of the exterior of the house should be finished by the end of November. Anybody wanting to buy this magnificent Queen Anne style home should contact the Historic Landmarks Commission.

January 1998

This drawing was prepared by Yelverton Architects. It will be used to decide what modifications will need to be made to the James A. Blakeney House. This will come before the Historic Landmarks Commission at its February meeting.

November 1997

The James A. Blakeney House is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. This will give big savings to a buyer in the form of Investment Tax Credits. Buy the Blakeney House, rent it for six years, and you will get a 20% Federal and 20% State Investment Tax Credit on restoration costs. Buy it as your own home and you will get a 30% State Investment Tax Credit on restoration costs. This will reduce the sales price by thousands of dollars. For more information, call Dan Morrill at 376-9115. Send a Fax to 372-4584 or just send an e-mail.

October 1997

The Historic Landmarks Commission has purchased the James A. Blakeney House on Blakeney Heath Road off Providence Road West in southern Mecklenburg County. Built in 1905-1906, the house is one of our finest remaining examples of country Victorian architecture. The house will be totally restored and sold with protective covenants in the deed. The Blakeney House will be sold with 1.747 acres of land. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Dan Morrill, Consulting Director of the Commission. The Commission's telephone number is 704/376-9115.

September 1997

The Historic Landmarks Commission will be buying the James A. Blakeney House on Blakeney Heath Road on September 30th. This will be a major undertaking for the Commission. Plans are to restore the house and offer it for sale next Spring. The Commission will be applying the the investment tax credits available for certified rehabilitations of historic structures.