South Charlotte

Town Council gives historic landmarks OK

The exteriors of the houses on Pineville's Park Avenue are now designated historic landmarks.

This designation, approved by the Pineville Town Council at Tuesday's meeting, gives tax incentives to the property owners but also requires them to get permission from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission if they plan major renovations to the exterior of the homes.

Though some of the homes have aluminum siding and other modern amenities, the Historic Landmarks Commission's Stewart Gray says the footprints of the buildings are still intact.

Gray says that the Pineville Park Avenue area is unique in that no other area in the county has retained so many original mill houses.

The Town Council also approved a revision to its "weapons prohibited" ordinance in town parks due to a change in state law that prohibits a blanket ban of firearms in parks.

Instead, the revised ordinance now bans firearms from specific areas in town parks, including athletic fields, athletic facilities and playgrounds.

The council also approved a resolution establishing and offering a Lighting Rebate Program for businesses.

It rewards local businesses that reduce lighting use through various lighting upgrades in existing facilities.

For information about the Lighting Rebate Program, contact Pineville Town Hall: 704-889-2291.