Latta House & University Site Master Plan

The Project Team and Citizen Planning Committee are working on a park design that addresses the issues and recommendations of the Latta House & University Site Situation Assessment. This will involve gathering the community's feedback during subsequent public meetings and online input so that the end result will be a Master Plan the community and the City of Raleigh can embrace.

City Council approved the 

Latta House & University Site

Situation Assessment

on February 5th, 2019.

 

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to download the document.

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The first public input meeting will be held in early April. Event details will be available shortly.

 

The public input process will run from April - September. 

General Public Input will be gathered in April, 

Plan Development & Design Alternatives will be reviewed from May - June, 

and a Draft Master Plan will be developed from July - September. 

 

The draft Master Plan will be presented to the Historic Resources and Museum Advisory Board for review in October.

Project Schedule

Project Timeline

 

  Winter 2018

  Situation Assessment

  Spring 2019 – Fall 2019

  Public Process

  Winter 2019

  Master Plan Approval Process

Board & Council Reviews

 

Situation Assessment:

 Historic Resources &           Museum  Advisory Board

  January 23, 2019

 (Approved w/ Revisions)

 City Council

  February 5, 2019

 (Approved)

 

 

Master Plan

 Historic Resources &           Museum  Advisory Board

  October (Review) 

  November (Action)

 City Council

  December

Project Background

Reverend Latta was born into slavery at Fishdam, a Cameron family plantation near the Neuse River approximately 25 miles north of Raleigh, yet persevered to support his twelve brothers and sisters and become one of Shaw University’s first graduates.

Reverend Morgan London Latta founded Latta Univeristy in 1892. Latta University at its height was home to 26 buildings and 1400 students, including orphaned children of formerly enslaved people. The university operated for thirty years.

The Latta House was the residence of Reverend Morgan London Latta and his family. It was the last remaining historical landmark of the original 26 structures that comprised Latta University. 

In January 2009 an archaeological survey began at the site of the former Reverend M.L. Latta House and University. The Raleigh Historic Districts Commission (RHDC) worked with City Parks and Recreation staff and Environmental Services, Inc. to complete the archaeological survey. On August 4, 2009, the Raleigh City Council accepted the archaeological report as presented by the RHDC and the consultant.

The investigation was conducted to recover artifacts and data from the Latta House and accessory buildings, additional buildings related to the University, an old well located on the property, and other site features. A comprehensive analysis of the site yielded new information regarding the history and prior land-use of the University and residence. Based on findings, the consultant, Environmental Services, Inc., recommended that the site be reinstated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark. On July 6, 2010 City Council adopted an ordinance designating the Latta House and University Site as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

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