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Panel to re-examine properties around chancellor's house

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The Greenville Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday discusses re-examining the issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness that cleared the way for the sale or demolition of four properties surrounding the ECU chancellor's house in Fifth Street.

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Greenville commission that approved the sale or demolition of four properties around the ECU chancellor's residence to make way for the expansion and renovation of the residence wants to take a second look at that university plan and seek other options for the properties now that the original plans apparently have changed.

The Greenville Historic Preservation Commission on Tuesday approved a motion by Vice Chairman Chris Nunnally to reexamine its obligations under state statutes and seek clarification of ECU's intentions with the properties before taking up the matter again at its February scheduled meeting.

Commission members also will review the minutes of the last public hearing when they approved issuance of a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) that cleared the way for the sale or demolition of the four properties.

Nunnally and fellow commission member Bernie Schulz, who requested the matter be added to Tuesday's agenda, expressed concerns that the reason the commission gave its approval for the possible demolition or removal of the properties — to make way for expansion and improvements of and improvements to the chancellor's residence — has changed since the ECU Foundation intends to purchase a different home miles away from the university.

The commission members will ask the ECU administration to meet with them and provide clarification of its position and intentions with the properties and work with the commission to seek other options which might produce a more favorable outcome for the city and the Historic College View neighborhood in which the properties are situated.

The bid for relocation issued Nov. 9 was the second approved by the commission. The first bid expired in October with no responses. Each COA expires after six months if no bids to buy the properties are received.

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