The Mission of Preservation Chelsea

It is our mission to preserve Chelsea as a village rich with history and charm, reflected by historic buildings, surrounding farmlands, and as found in our beautiful and vibrant village center. We aim to work through education, offering to ourselves and the community the history of Chelsea as well as the issues shaping our future. We intend actively to preserve historic landmarks and to have a voice in all issues that affect any possible de-centralization of our village. It is our intention to pursue this mission with full involvement and input from merchants and citizens of Chelsea and to act in ways that make sense for the preservation of Chelsea's charm and historic integrity while supporting a vibrant and successful downtown.

Federal Screw Works

Federal Screw Works
This property has been under threat of total demolition since 2008--there are historically signficant and architecturally interesting sections that should be preserved!

Jackson Street Panorama

Jackson Street Panorama
The DDA voted at the meeting on 9.20.12 to demolish the Daniels Addition Car Showroom despite the letter from the State Historic Preservation Office. (please read below)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Historic Preservation--Why Re-use Historic Buildings?

Economic Engine
Rehabbing historic buildings creates jobs
Compared with new construction, money spent on restoration circulates longer in the community (since more of the cost is spent on labor and less on materials that may be manufactured elsewhere)
People like to visit charming places with distinctive character – historic buildings draw “heritage tourists” to a community
Rehabilitated historic buildings become tax-paying assets

Downtown Revitalization

Re-use of historic structures brings people downtown
Historic buildings create appealing public space, adding to a sense of community
Successful re-use of historic buildings attracts customers for existing businesses
Re-investment in historic places raises value of surrounding areas

Environmentally Friendly and Sustainable

“The greenest building is the one that’s already built” – re-use of existing buildings takes advantage of the energy and materials that were expended in constructing these buildings in the first place
Avoids adding materials to landfills through demolition and the waste associated with new construction
A heritage building is a renewable resource when it is rehabilitated; it is nothing but landfill when it is razed.

Smart Growth
Dense, mixed-use development creates vibrant downtowns rather than sprawl
Re-use of historic buildings keeps community development on a human scale where residents and visitors alike can feel at home
Encourages walking instead of driving (better for health and the environment)

Community Character and Quality of Life
Historic preservation retains what is unique about a community, providing a tangible link to local history and culture
Historic preservation prevents “generica,” where every place looks like every other place
Historic preservation encourages community pride and sense of place

** Historic preservation is both economic development and community development.**

Adapted from the work of Donovan Rypkema, Principal of

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