South Charlotte

Council puts off landmarks vote

The Pineville Town Council has delayed a decision on whether to designate the exterior of homes along Park Avenue as historic landmarks.

Council members held a public hearing on the ordinance Tuesday evening and said they felt there was enough citizen concern that they decided to continue the hearing until the November meeting.

Park Avenue and other residential streets, as well as buildings along Main Street, recently were named to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation means those areas have historical significance but doesn't affect property owners unless they choose to take advantage of tax incentives.

To further protect Park Avenue, the council considered having the homes declared historic landmarks. Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission's Stewart Gray says that area of Pineville holds historical significance because there is no other area in the county that has retained so many original mill houses. Though many have aluminum siding and other modern amenities, he said, their footprints are intact and the area still looks like the original mill village.

The historic landmark designation would bring further tax incentives to property owners, but also would require them to get permission from the county's Historic Landmarks Commission if they planned major renovations to the exterior of their homes.