JUST IN APRIL 21ST – TOWN OF MATTHEWS v. WRIGHT
THE NORTH CAROLINA COURT OF APPEALS HAS DISMISSED THE TOWNS CLAIMS. STORY IN MAY, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS.
**USE OF PRIVATE EMAIL ACCOUNT TOWN OF MATTHEWS v. WRIGHT. TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND PLEASE READ BRIEF OF DEFENDANT.
FACADE ENHANCEMENT GRANT PROGRAM
In February 2011 at the recommendation of the Town’s Economic Development Advisory Committee the Town Board established the downtown Facade Enhancement Grant program. This program is under the authority of North Carolina General Statue §160A-456 Part 8 Miscellaneous Powers – Community development programs and activities. The grants are matching grants and all applicants are to be reimbursed only after the program guidelines are met. An agreement would be between the Town and the applicant before any restoration project could proceed. A verification of compliance is also required before the funds are released.
Facade – the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative on and any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly. Which would mean all repairs would have to be on the exterior of the front or side of the building facing public street level. Since this program began in February 2011 there has been six applicants. It is very important for the history of Matthews to be preserved so I believe this is one program that serves the common good. It is also important that all applicants are treated fairly and without bias. 157 N. Trade Street email Putting applicants in a financial burden because the town does not approve of certain materials will only hinder future applications. 189 N. Trade email If Matthews wants this program to be a success there cannot be special treatment or exceptions for one and not another. When special programs are presented to the Board of Commissioners for approval they must be in final form before they are presented to the public to insure equality for all.
2011 – 189 North Trade Street – grant approved $5,000.00
2013 – 157 North Trade Street – applicant withdrew
2013 – 134 West John Street – grant approved $3,500.00
2013 – 316 East Matthews Street – grant approved $2,500.00
2014 – 500 West John Street – grant approved $2,500.00
2014 – 196 North Trade Street – grant approved $3,500.00
There are many historical properties within Matthews but only a select few are Historical Landmarks.
Outen Pottery – c. 1947 – 430 Jefferson Street; McEwen/Moore Farmhouse – c.1887 – 2049 Moore Road; Matthews School – c.1907 – 100 McDowell; Nancy Reid House – c.1890 – 134 West John Street; McLaughlin/Bost House – c.1880 – 415 West John Street; Renfrow/Lemmond House – c. 1924 – 344 West John Street; Barnum & Sarah Sustar – c.1922 – 13700 Idlewild; Grier/Furr House – c.1877 – 500 West John Street; Massey Clark House – c.1870 – 232 North Trade; Rowland/Clay House – c.1930 – 606 East Charles Street; Funderburk Bros. Blacksmith Shop & Grist Mill – c.1890 – 130 Library Lane; Funderburk Bros. Dry Goods Store – c.1878 – 159 North Trade Street; E.J. Funderburk General Merchandise Store – c.1878 – 165 North Trade Street; Orr Building – c. 1900 – 189 North Trade Street; U.S. Post Office – c.1939 – 195 North Trade Street; Coal House for Post Office – c. 1939 – 195 North Trade Street; Pop’s Grill – c.1892 – 156 North Trade Street; Renfrow’s Hardware- c.1900 – 188 North Trade Street; Heath & Reid General Store – c. 1889 – 196 North Trade Street; Commercial Building – c. 1890 – 118 East Charles Street.
CEMETERIES DESIGNATED AS HISTORICAL LANDMARKS
Roseland Cemetery – c. 1865 – 1052 Monroe Road. This was an African American cemetery.
Stillwell Cemetery – yr unknown – 2832 Mt. Harmony Church Road. *also known as Mt. Harmony Church Cemetery.
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