Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission have released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as they work to identify a prospective owner to purchase and develop two County parcels — the Historic Dowd House, 2216 Monument St. and former Fire Station #10, 2136 Remount Road — in the Camp Greene neighborhood of west Charlotte.
During this phase, the County will accept statements from those interested in purchasing the property. The most qualified respondents will be invited to submit proposals for development during the Request for Proposals phase. The RFQ deadline is Oct. 26.
The Dowd House served as the headquarters of Camp Greene, which was a United States Army training installation during World War I. The former Fire Station #10 opened in 1957 and served as a City of Charlotte fire station for many years.
A condition of the purchase of the Dowd House states that the public maintain access to the property and wartime memorabilia housed at the location.
The County owns two additional parcels at the site that will continue to be owned by the County and used as open space, should the Dowd House and former Fire Station #10 be sold.
Is the tour mandatory?
A: The tour is not mandatory, but is recommended.
Upcoming tour dates:
Monday, Oct. 22, 1– 2 p.m.Tuesday Oct. 23, 11 a.m. – noon
Q: Does the County currently have any plans for green space?
A: Though the County has done some preliminary public engagement to determine the neighborhood’s desired use for the green space, no improvements have been funded to date.
Q: Would proceeds from the sale of the property fund improvements to the green space?
A: The County has made no final decisions yet about the timing or funding of the green space area.
Q: Can you clarify what open to the public or public use means for the Dowd House?
A: Because the Dowd House is a historic site, the County seeks to ensure that the public has access to the property on a negotiated basis. At a minimum this includes access for community meetings and special events. The County is open to discussions on additional conditions and/or limitations.
Q: The rezoning process is an obstacle to development. Would the County consider rezoning the property prior to the sale?
A: The contract between the County and the selected respondent can be structured such that closing on the property is contingent upon the respondent obtaining successful rezoning of the property by the City of Charlotte.
Q: Can the attendee list [from the tour] be shared so that interested parties could reach out to potential collaborators?
A: The County’s process did not include the granting of attendees’ contact information to other attendees of the tour.
Q: Who is the point of contact for the HLC?
A: The point of contact for this process is:Jacqueline McNeil, AICP3205 Freedom Drive #101Charlotte, NC 28208(980) 314 – 2511Jacqueline.McNeil@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
Q: What restrictions will be placed on the Fire Station?
A: At a minimum, the exterior of the building and the land it sits on will be subject to design review by HLC.
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