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 23

• Redevelopment of the Livery is the most cost effective option for the site. Apartments and other rental space will pay taxes to the City. Developing the site as a parking lot will increase the burden on the City to maintain this lot.
• Retention of the building helps maintain high activity and population density in the downtown area, a key component to downtown viability.
• Demolishing the Livery would expose the site to more extensive and expensive environmental clean-up requirements, and increase the likelihood of spreading contaminants.
• In the recent thinking of green development, adaptively reusing the complex is appropriate and keeps debris from the landfill.
Sustainable Design and Construction
A key recurring theme in TCC’s proposal is Sustainable Design and Construction. For readers not familiar with the term, here is a general definition:
Sustainable Design reduces the possible negative effects on the environment as far as possible and makes the most of social and economic benefits.
Moreover, sustainable design and construction:
• Reuses building sites and structures and minimizes waste during construction and operation.
• Minimizes energy consumption and carbon footprint.
• Emphasizes use of locally produced, durable, recyclable materials that are non-toxic and produced with minimal impact on the environment.
• Allows users to relate to the natural environment.
TCC reflects principals of sustainable design in many aspects of the proposed redevelopment of the Chelsea Connection. Some samples follow.
Site and Community:
• Adaptive reuse of nearly all structures minimizes landfill waste.
• Promotes community/ downtown living to minimize use of automobiles.
• Building uses were selected to build a sense of place and community with neighbors and downtown community.
Energy and Utilities:

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