South Charlotte

Cherry seeks historic designation

A group in Charlotte's Cherry neighborhood is working to make its community a historic district.

Cherry's neighborhood organization has asked the city's Planning Department to recognize its interest in a local or national historic designation.

The department is developing an area plan for Midtown, Morehead and Cherry.

An important hurdle in creating a district in the historically African-American community will be to win support among other property owners in Cherry.

"It comes down to the whether everyone there is ready and willing to do this and have the restrictions on what they can do with their house," said Kent Main, the city's project manager for developing the Midtown, Morehead Cherry Area Plan.

Local historic districts are designated by the City Council. In historic districts, changes that alter a building's appearance would need an OK from the Historic District Commission.

Charlotte has designated a group of neighborhoods for historic and architectural significance: uptown's Fourth Ward neighborhood, as well as Dilworth, Hermitage Court, Plaza Midwood and Wesley Heights.