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Title: City of Kannapolis Heritage Districts and HeritageHistoric Preservation City Council Retreat Decembe

City of Kannapolis Heritage Districts and
Heritage/Historic Preservation City Council
Retreat December 3-4, 2009
Why Preserve and Promote our Heritage?
  • Creates jobs and businesses.
  • Increases tax revenues.
  • Diversifies local economy.
  • Creates opportunities for partnerships.
  • Attracts visitors interested in history and
  • Increases historic attraction revenues.
  • Preserves local traditions and culture.
  • Generates local investment in historic resources.
  • Builds community pride in heritage.
  • Increases awareness of the site or areas

Source National Trust for Historic Preservation
Proposed Heritage Districts A geographic
manifestation of a larger initiative of historic
preservation and cultural heritage tourism.
  • Center City (Downtown) District
  • Mill Village District
  • A.L. Brown District
  • Carver Neighborhood District
  • Geographic boundaries within which a wide range
    of historic preservation and heritage promotion
    activities are proposed to occur.
  • A beginning point to a bigger effort.
  • Geographic definition can often provide clarity
    and focus to an issue.

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What the Heritage District Plan is NOT (at least
not yet)
  • Not recommending the pursuit of a National
    Register of Historic Places designation for any
    particular building or collection of
  • Not a Local Historic District (like those found
    in Concord and Salisbury).

  • Support the creation of the four Heritage
    Districts and to consider further study of the
    proposed activities within the districts
  • Culture Heritage Trail.
  • Improvements to Veterans Park.
  • Kannapolis History Museum.
  • A Cannon Family Tribute.
  • Mill Village Preservation.

Kannapolis Culture Heritage Trail
Culture Heritage Trail
  • Why do it?
  • Kannapolis needs to embrace its unique heritage
    and culture for a variety of reasons.
  • Builds pride.
  • Brings in tourism dollars.
  • Creates a much needed identity boost
  • Facilitates the development of a more vibrant
    sense of place.
  • Historic preservation and culture/heritage
    tourism are critical to the ultimate goal of
    creating a vibrant and inviting community.

Culture Heritage Trail
  • Why do it?
  • A relatively inexpensive way to tell the
    Kannapolis story and to preserve, protect and
    honor our past.
  • The Culture and Heritage Trail approach can
  • Help preserve and promote the physical
    environment (e.g., historic buildings, historic
    value neighborhoods, natural resources, cultural
    assets like museums)
  • Promote and honor the nostalgic memory of a
    physical environment now lost (e.g., location of
    significant buildings now gone, memorials to
    individuals, groups or causes such as statues,
    public art, plaques, markers, parks).

  • Downtown Kannapolis has a number of cultural and
    heritage assets to protect and promote (and a few
    with the potential to be created and/or grown)
  • the Dale Earnhardt Plaza
  • an interim/permanent History Museum,
  • the GI Memorial House and Museum
  • AL Brown High School
  • the Durham Building (now Old Stone Vino),
  • the N.C. Music Hall of Fame (in the former
    Kannapolis Police Dept a story in itself)
  • Curb Motorsports Museum
  • Veterans Park
  • Village Park
  • a potential Cannon Family Tribute
  • the Gem Theatre
  • the historic Kannapolis Cemetery

  • Other current or potential assets
  • the historic Carver Cemetery (which needs a lot
    of work)
  • a potentially relocated Dale Earnhardt/Sam Bass
  • at least two major Mill Villages
  • The Carver Neighborhood
  • several large 75 year old single family homes
    on S. Ridge Avenue and South Main Street
  • a potential recreated Model Mill Village
  • several former sites with a rich history (a
    number of Cannon Mills sites, former YMCA site,
    sites in the Carver neighborhood, the companion
    movie theaters to the Gem, etc.)

  • Staff recommends that City Council endorse the
    idea of a Culture Heritage Trail and direct
    staff to proceed with the next steps
  • Establish a working group with representatives of
    the Kannapolis History Associates, the Parks and
    Recreation Commission, Atlantic American
    Properties, Kannapolis Business Alliance,
    Cabarrus Convention and Visitors Bureau, City
    Council and (possibly) the Planning Commission to
    further this initiative.
  • Several project development meetings will be held
    to identify resources, and map out the trail.
  • A more formalized plan of action (including cost
    estimates for historic markers, marketing
    materials, etc.) will be completed and presented
    to the full groups (City Council, Parks and
    Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, etc).
  • The plan is endorsed ball all groups with a
    pledge to support and promote the new Culture
    Heritage Trail.

  • Without a detailed plan for the Culture and
    Heritage Trail, it is difficult to establish a
    range of costs. However, due to the wide range
    of possibilities (marketing effort, installation
    of markers, signage, etc.) it is recommended that
    the balance of the History Book proceeds 42,700
    (57,700 less 15,000 for the proposed interim
    History Museum) should go towards the effort.
  • There is the possibility of securing outside
    funding sources (grants) to help supplement these
  • No significant funds will be spent until such
    time that a detailed plan of action (and budget)
    is completed. This plan will be presented to
    City Council at a future meeting.

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Improvements to Veterans Park
Veterans Park History
  • During WW II. Cannon Mills constructed Little
    Mt. Vernon which names of those serving in the
    war were placed. It was removed after the war
    and lost.
  • 1976. American Legion Beaver Pittman Post 115
    provided about 60,000 to carry out construction
    of gazebo and purchase of sundial (designed by
    Joe Haken of Chapel Hill who designed the sundial
    at Moorehead Planetarium in Charlotte). The
    money came from the American Legion sponsored
    baseball games. Walter Safrit raised the first
    flag over the new memorial.
  • 1998. City Council acquired the formerly named
    Town Park from Atlantic American Properties.
  • 2001. City Council officially changed the name to
    Veterans Park.
  • 2006-07. Adjacent Town Lake and Circle Drive
    removed by the NCRC construction.
  • 2006-07. 397,000 Funds included in the NCRC TIF
    financial plan for improvements to the Park.

Improvements to Veterans Park
  • Why do it?
  • To transform this important park into a vital
    people gathering place for the NCRC, downtown and
    the City as a whole.
  • To serve as a more fitting tribute to the Citys
    veterans and their families.
  • To serve as an anchor to recently proposed
    downtown heritage district.

First Baptist Church Request
  • Request is that permission be given to construct
    a driveway (with a cul-de-sac bulb) at the rear
    of the church (essentially where the old circle
    drive used to be)
  • Property in question owned by both AAP and the
  • They would use this proposed driveway to allow
    for drop offs and pick ups, mostly for the
    churchs elderly and disabled members.
  • Can be considered as part of the design of the
    park but it is unclear what the advantage to the
    City and its citizens would be to give up
    valuable land for this purpose.

  • City Council funds the NCRC TIF amount (est.
    397,000) assuming first TIF issuance has
    available proceeds.
  • Establish a Veterans Park Citizens Committee
    (including representation from veterans
    organizations) to
  • Pursue additional funding from private and
    non-profit sources for appropriate memorial
  • Recommend approval of the design plans. (The
    Parks and Recreation Commission would also review
    and comment on the design).
  • City hires landscape architect for the design of
    the park improvements. Architect works with
    Committee (and City) to design and construct the

  • 397,000 is included in the current NCRC TIF
    financial plan but its inclusion in the first
    bond series is to certain.
  • Very preliminary cost estimates focused on
    reworking the pedestrian amenities, adding brick
    sidewalk pavers, a water feature and upgrading
    the lighting and landscaping.
  • The intent of the TIF investment was to bring new
    life to the park and to promote its use as a
    gathering place for the NCRC and the general
  • This budget figure focuses on basic park
    amenities and did not include significant dollars
    for improvements of items like the sundial or the

  • Excluded were dollars for additional construction
    of new veterans memorial components.
  • However, TIF funds should be used to leverage
    other funding sources, including financial
    participation from the community.
  • Residents could be offered the opportunity to buy
    bricks bearing the name of a loved one who had
    died in service or in honor of serviceman or
  • Sponsorships of the major memorials should be
    examined closely.

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Kannapolis History Museum
Kannapolis History Museum
  • Why do it?
  • The Kannapolis History Associates have long been
    interested finding a way to establish a location
    to house and display historic artifacts.
  • The closure of the Visitors Center by Atlantic
    American Properties (AAP) has accelerated the
    need to establish a clear plan for this endeavor.
  • The History Associates have recently hired a
    consultant to examine the available artifacts and
    the results were that there is a good collection
    of diverse materials to begin a museum.

  • Short-Term
  • At this time there are no plans or funding for a
    permanent museum, downtown or otherwise.
  • Option partner with the Kannapolis History
    Associates to organize and display some of the
    historic artifacts on the walls and in open
    spaces in the Train Station (including the small
    meeting room).
  • Could support both wall hangings and some limited
    artifacts occupying floor space.
  • The downside to locating floor-based artifacts is
    that doing so could limit some flexibility of the
  • These spaces are currently nearly barren and need
    some life to them.
  • Some artifacts (at least pictures) could also be
    placed in the Citys Customer Service Center.
  • The History Associates likely will be willing to
    manage the process of organizing and establishing
    the interim museum based on parameters the City
    sets in place.

  • Long-Term
  • Approach AAP about free/low cost space
  • City could built some display space as part of
    its future City Hall.
  • If a new building were to be constructed, the
    property off West A Street (the Pete Green
    property) might be a possibility. There has
    been discussions in the past about possibly
    recreating a typical Mill Village on this
    property with several donated mill homes.
  • Kannapolis History Associates are in negotiations
    on a tract of land (in Kannapolis but outside of
  • Would facilitate a restoration of an historic
    home and potentially build a museum there.
  • They are also discussing a passive park but there
    is no commitment.
  • The History Associates have hired a fundraiser
    and plan to start after the first of the year.
    This could take years.

  • Short-Term
  • City staff recommends proceeding with the
    short-term plan of utilizing the Kannapolis Train
    Station as an interim repository/museum of
    historic Kannapolis artifacts.
  • Long-Term
  • City staff recommends that a more consistent line
    of communication be established with the
    Kannapolis History Associates to examine
    potential partnerships.

  • The History Associates appear to have some
    available resources that could possibly apply to
    the effort.
  • It is recommended that up to 15,000 of the
    History Book proceeds should go towards the
    effort of establishing an interim History Museum
    for expenses such as
  • consultant services to design the wall and floor
  • physical movement of some of the larger pieces.
  • wall mounting expenses and signage.

A Cannon Family Tribute
Cannon Family Tribute
  • Why do it?
  • The idea of a Cannon Family Tribute has been
    briefly discussed by City Council in the past.
  • Previous discussions have centered on the idea
    that the community (including former mill
    employees) should take the lead on this effort.
  • There is no disputing the value of honoring the
    contributions the Cannons made to Kannapolis,
    the region and the State.
  • Community members may (or may not) decide that
    they would like to pursuing fundraising for a
    statue or some other tribute.

  • Potential locations
  • Village Park,
  • City owned land along South Main Street adjacent
    to the railroad tracks
  • On privately owned land somewhere on the NCRC or
    in Cannon Village,
  • On the Train Station property perhaps on the
    loading platform (may not be enough room unless
    adjacent property is acquired).
  • Should be downtown (within the boundaries of the
    proposed Heritage District).
  • It may be difficult to accomplish a suitable
    Veterans Memorial and a first class Cannon
    Family Tribute concurrently.
  • Recognition of the Cannon familys contributions
    can be incorporated into the proposed Kannapolis
    Heritage Trail and can be memorialized (rather
    inexpensively) through historic markers and
    similar means.

  • Staff recommends that the City Council appoint
    an exploratory committee to examine the
    challenges and opportunities involved in the
    construction of a suitable tribute to the Cannon

  • As a point of reference, the Dale Earnhardt
    Tribute cost approximately 525,000 (on free
    land) between 2001-2005 (including the 250,000
  • The Exploratory Committee would need to examine
    the potential costs, but 250,000 to 500,000 is
    a good range from which to start the discussion.

Mill Village Preservation
Mill Village Preservation
  • Why do it?
  • As new development begins to occur around the
    North Carolina Research Campus, the potential for
    undesired development within the Citys mill
    villages will certainly increase. As such,
    preserving the character of these neighborhoods
    becomes increasingly important.
  • The City Council has indicated a desire to
    protect certain portions of the Citys mill
    villages while avoiding placing unreasonable
    burdens on property owners.

  • Why do it?
  • There are several options for preserving these
    areas, of which a Mill Village Overlay District
    seems to be most in line with City Councils
  • The requirements of an overlay district would be
    determined by Council rather than dictated by a
    State organization.
  • Such a district could be designed to protect the
    character of the neighborhoods, by limiting the
    size and scope of projects, rather than
    regulating specific building materials and
    architectural styles.

  • Staff recommends that City Council direct the
    Planning Department to explore the challenges and
    opportunities involved in the creation of a Mill
    Village Overlay District and report back with
    findings and recommendations within 3 months.
  • Postponement of this initiative might put these
    sensitive areas at risk for unwanted destruction
    and development. This is especially true as the
    economy improves and the NCRC gets back on track.

  • This project has no impact on the budget.
    However, if implemented correctly, the initiative
    can result in substantial property value
    protections and enhancements over time.

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