The issue: The future of Ingleside is unknown
Essex Homes and D.R. Horton teamed to build Ingleside Farms, a development off of N.C. 73, right next to Trilogy Lake Norman, the duo’s other residential project.
The future of the historic Ingleside house, situated toward the front of the soon-to-be Ingleside Farms development, has been in question since plans for the 400-home neighborhood began.
Caroline Clark currently owns the Ingleside house and has fought to ensure the historical integrity of the home is preserved, no matter who or what group ends up taking ownership. She’s been working with county staff, former N.C. Sen. Robert Davis, Pace Development, Lincoln County commissioners and the Lincoln County Historical Association to reach a decision. So far, about $50,000 has been donated to help with the upkeep, a combined effort between Clark and D.R. Horton, though neither desire to own the home.
What happened: The county was asked to take over
Early discussions among Clark, the Lincoln County Historical Association and other interested parties brought forth the idea of the Ingleside house being donated to the county. The thought was that the county would be able to work with the historical association to open the house for tours/studying or as an event space for county events or otherwise. Jason Harpe from the historical association was a proponent of this idea, but the county commissioners had other ideas. A resolution drafted by Clark was given to commissioners earlier in the month detailing her requests if the county took over Ingleside. The developer has also expressed its intention of giving the land to the county, but at their March 19 meeting, commissioners expressed no interest in taking ownership of the Ingleside property or being responsible for the upkeep of the home. County Manager Kelly Atkins shared another idea with the boardroom that commissioners seemed to approve.
What it means: A new resolution needs to be drawn
Atkins told the boardroom that county staff and others weighing in on the future of Ingleside have been communicating with Preservation North Carolina, a group that rescues old houses and aims to protect local history. Though an official vote wasn’t needed at the March 19 meeting, commissioners unanimously agreed that County Attorney Wesley Deaton should draw a new resolution with Preservation North Carolina. According to commissioners, the new resolution, which would transfer the ownership of the home from Clark to the preservation group, will closely resemble the one Clark proposed to the board and will be written to respect her wishes for Ingleside house, with the exceptions of a few possible tweaks as suggested by Preservation North Carolina in recent discussions.
What’s next: Ingleside could finally have a new owner
If Clark, commissioners, Preservation North Carolina representatives and other involved parties agree on the resolution, then the future of the Ingleside house will finally be a little clearer – or at least who or what group is responsible for handling the home’s future. If the resolution is adopted by commissioners at their next meeting, Preservation North Carolina will take over the Ingleside house in the coming months, and that group will be responsible for the upkeep and preservation of the home. The group sells properties as well as protects and maintains them and currently has several dozen under its ownership, including a few properties in nearby Gaston and Statesville. The resolution is slated to be formally presented at the commissioners next meeting, April 2 if all goes according to plan.