ONLINE UPDATE: Town historical designations to receive deeper look

by Kelly Corbett
Thursday, March 13, 2014

For the first 2014 meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, there were only two agenda items, prompting Town of Wrightsville Beach planning staff to ask commission members if there is anything they want to look into further.

The members asked about the status of an intern who was looking into town historical designations and the age of historical town designations compared to state designations, during the Monday, March 10 meeting.

Vice Chairwoman Robin Spinks asked if commission members need to be more proactive about Wrightsville Beach homes that need to be preserved.

“The board [of aldermen], the last time it was discussed, had reservations about the program accepting many houses at one time, what would happen,” said Susan Collins, new commission member and former Wrightsville Beach Board of Alderman. “They were really reserved about that.”

Collins also asked if the 50 year age requirement models state regulations to see if the commission could make the town designation age higher.

Planning and parks director Tony Wilson said he would look into how the local and state regulations compare, but also added the structure must have historical significance along with the age requirement.

“We get to vote, so it’s not automatic,” Spinks said.

Wilson will also check the status of the intern looking into town historical designations, so the commission can see an all-inclusive list.

Earlier in the meeting, the commission unanimously approved Catherine O’Quinn to continue serving as chairwoman and Robin Spinks as vice chairwoman.

After a request by Collins, the commission unanimously made a motion to change future meeting times from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., citing having to leave work early as the reasoning behind the request.

Wilson said he would check to see if the item needs to head before the board of aldermen for approval.

The commission also unanimously approved a request by Kevin Smith, general manager of the Carolina Yacht Club, to paint the structure at 401 S. Lumina Ave. The commission previously approved plans to re-shingle the club in September 2013.

“We’ve been working hard on the roof,” Smith said. “The color that we’re proposing is a little darker than the color it is now.”

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