Property Owners Invited to Learn about Historic Landmark Designation Process:
Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Davidson property owners are invited to a meeting on Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall when they can learn about the historic landmark designation process. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission and the Town of Davidson want to preserve and protect historically significant structures in Davidson and its extra-territorial jurisdiction.
In early 2018 the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission updated a list of properties in Davidson that may be suitable for designation as historic landmarks. Typically, to be considered for landmark designation, properties must be at least 50 years old and have architectural significance to the community.
Designation as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmark includes tax benefits for property owners. A reduction of 30 to 50% of the county and local ad valorem taxes is typical.
“The Davidson Board of Commissioners’ 2018-2019 Strategic Plan has a big focus on historic preservation,” said Town Manager Jamie Justice. “Historic preservation helps retain our sense of place, our small-town character, and links to our community’s past -- designating properties as historic landmarks is beneficial to both the community and the property owner.”
Staff from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission will explain the process and answer questions.
What is an historic landmark? Are there any in Davidson? How are they designated?
The Town of Davidson includes 24 structures designated as historic landmarks. They are listed below with the date they were designated.
Armour-Adams House 626 N. Main Street 2/13/2007
Beaver Dam 19600 Davidson-Concord Road 2/9/2016
Blake House, Chairman 318 Chairman Blake Lane 5/19/1980
Bradford Farm 15908 Davidson-Concord Road 11/12/2002
Bradford Store 15915 Davidson-Concord Road 6/19/2006
Cashion/Moore Cemetery McAuley Road &Hwy 73 2/13/2007
Currie House, Violet W. 525 N. Main Street 11/19/2013
Daggy House, Tom & Mary Lu 102 Hillside Drive 5/14/2013
Davidson Colored School/Ada Jenkins 212 Gamble Street 11/13/2007
Davidson Cotton Mill 209 Delburg Street 11/9/2004
Davidson School 251 South Street 3/13/2012
Delburg Cotton Mill House 303 Delburg Street 1/13/2015
Elm Row 306 N. Main Street 7/18/1977
Eumenean Hall 214 N. Main Street 1/25/1977
Falls Store 300 Mock Road 9/14/2010
Helper Hotel (Carolina Inn) 225 and 215 N. Main Street 7/18/1977
Holt-Henderson-Copeland House 305 N. Main Street 2/13/2007
Mabonsie 312 S. Thompson Street 11/19/2013
Oak Row & Elm Row 306 and 308 Main Street 7/18/1977
Philanthropic Hall 216 N. Main Street 9/22/1975
Purcell House, James & Elizabeth 206 Lorimer Road 9/14/2010
5 Restormel 829 Concord Road 2/13/2007
Southern Power Co Transformer Bldg 210 Delburg Street 11/9/2004
Unity Church Cabin/Lingle Hut 213 and 219 Watson Street 12/9/2008
The landmarks designation can apply to the exterior only or to both the interior and exterior of a structure. The owner of a designated historic landmark may apply for an automatic deferral of 50% (30% if exterior only) of the Ad Valorem taxes on the structure. This deferral exists as long as the property retains its status as a historic landmark, i.e. is transferable to succeeding owners. The owner of a historic landmark must apply to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness before any material alteration, restoration, removal, or demolition of any exterior feature of the structure may take place. A Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of a landmark may not be denied except as noted below. However, the Landmarks Commission may delay the date of the demolition for a period of up to 365 days. The only instance in which the demolition of a historic landmark may be denied is if the designated landmark is determined by the State Historic Preservation Officer as having state-wide significance as defined by the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission staff have a list of about 60 structures in Davidson and our ETJ (a study list) that have the potential to be designated as landmarks. Many of them are located in our National Register Historic District or local historic district. Documentation (typically completed by a consultant) is required for designation as a landmark, including a survey and research report, and photographs of the property. The CharlotteMecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commissioner conducts a site visit and the documentation is presented at a commission meeting for approval before being presented to the Davidson Board of Commissioners.
Information about Davidson properties can be found at this interactive State Historic Preservation Office website: http://gis.ncdcr.gov/hpoweb/
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.
November 28 meeting update:
We will receive a report from the historic preservation consultant, Mary Ruffin Hanbury, as a follow-up to her “windshield survey” of the existing National Register Historic District properties. She will include a scope of work for her next steps, which will include surveying and documenting the proposed local historic district expansion areas.
Mary Ruffin Hanbury will be able to start the next phase of work in the first quarter of 2019. The town budgeted $10,000 for her work in the FY2019 budget.
Following the survey and documentation, the consultant will send that information to the State Historic Preservation Office for review and comment. We will then proceed with the rezoning process for the areas that are recommended (and the board of commissioners approves) for local historic district status. That process includes additional public input, a recommendation from the historic preservation commission and the planning board, a public hearing, and final board of commissioner approval.
Property Owners Invited to Learn about Local Historic District Expansion: Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
The Town of Davidson invited all community members to a meeting with Historic Preservation Consultant Mary Ruffin Hanbury on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Davidson United Methodist Church fellowship hall, located at 233 S. Main Street, to learn about the historic district designation process. She explained the benefits of designation, discussed the process, and answered questions.
The video of the meeting is here.
The Town of Davidson is exploring the expansion of its local historic district, which currently includes the two to three blocks that comprise downtown. The goal is to preserve and protect historically significant structures in Davidson. Historic preservation helps retain our sense of place, our small-town character, and links to our community’s past. Designating areas of town as a local historic district is beneficial to both the community and the property owner.
The current local historic district was designated in 1989. In 2009, a much larger area of “old Davidson” was designated as a National Register Historic District.
“We encourage property owners, especially those in the National Register Historic District, to attend this meeting, since neighborhoods in that district have the most intact historic integrity and will be the most likely candidates for an expanded local historic district,” said Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum. “Historic preservation is one of the Davidson Board of Commissioners’ goals in their 2018-2019 Strategic Plan, so we are interested in exploring the benefits of expanding our local historic district.”
The town hired an historic district expert, Mary Ruffin Hanbury of Hanbury Preservation Consulting, to determine which neighborhoods are appropriate for local historic district designation.
A local historic district is a zoning overlay that is an amendment to the planning ordinance and must be approved by the Davidson Board of Commissioners. Prior to a vote by commissioners, a public hearing is required. The historic preservation commission and the planning board also review the overlay district and relay their comments to the board of commissioners. We are adding Mary Ruffin Hanbury’s educational session this fall, and will include an additional opportunity for citizen input in the spring, after she has completed her documentation and has a recommendation for expansion of the district.
Local historic districts protect the investments of owners and residents of historic properties. Insensitive or poorly planned development can make an area less attractive to investors and homebuyers, and thus undermine property values. In contrast, in a local historic district, historic district design guidelines and review by the historic preservation commission of major, substantial changes to a property encourages people to buy and rehabilitate properties because they know their investment is protected over time. The historic preservation commission also has the authority to delay demolition of a structure for up to one year, giving the town, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission, or another entity the ability to purchase and protect the property.
Properties within local historic districts appreciate at rates greater than the local market overall as well as faster than similar, non-designated neighborhoods. Findings on this point are consistent across the country. Moreover, recent analysis shows that historic districts are also less vulnerable to market volatility from interest rate fluctuations and economic downturns.
Please contact Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-940-9615 with any questions.
For a map of our National Register Historic District and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit http://www.townofdavidson.org/HPFAQs