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)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Updated Response, p 22

canopy similar to other downtown shops - in part to tie the complex visually to the rest of downtown; in part to reduce summer sun on this western exposure.
• Showroom front is aligned with the hardware store, Clocktower and most other downtown business. Therefore PC-CCT/TCC feels this setback/ alignment is appropriate, to maintain the “window shopping” experience of downtown foot traffic. On the other hand, the addition of a garden/ greenspace in front of the Mack Building would tend to maintain the divide between downtown and the Clocktower, not work to bridge the divide.
• Based on PC-CCT/TCC observation, the Showroom building does not pose a traffic hazard. A driver’s view to the north is obstructed by the cresting of the hill, and the view to the south is obstructed by parked vehicles. Neither of these views would be improved by removing the building. Attempting to improve the view to the south by eliminating on-street parking would not be appropriate for historic downtown Chelsea.
• Retaining store frontage facing Main Street at this location is critical to drawing pedestrians down the street.
• While the building could be demolished and replaced with a structure designed to “match” the Mack building, it would not have the historic feel of the existing structure.
• Replacement would be more expensive than refurbishing the existing structure. Retaining the structure is the most cost effective option.
• Retaining and restoring the original Showroom could allow tenant to tie rotating “car showroom” displays (possibly with 1940s vintage vehicle) into a historic display of the building’s history.
• Retaining the Daniels Showroom would complete the visible, historic timeline of transportation in Chelsea along the Jackson Street Corridor—from horses and buggies in the livery, to early auto storage, to manufacturing the first Welch Touring Car, to automobile repair garage, to the showroom for new Oldsmobilies and Buicks sold in the community.
Demolition vs. Renovation of Livery Building
PC-CCT/TCC is unified in argument that the Livery building should be retained, even if reasons for keeping the structure vary, including:
• The Livery is a key component of Chelsea’s history. Chelsea is one of very few cities that still have a downtown livery, and is perhaps the only city in the country that still has its livery, hotel (now the Sylvan Building) and Depot in their original locations. It’s not just a nice claim to fame; it’s a component of historic tourism that PC-CCT/TCC believes can aid in Chelsea’s economic recovery. See Letters in Supporting Information.

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