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 32

Chelsea Connection Team - Professional and Personal Profiles - (continued)
Michelle McClellan, Ph.D. Home: 232 Jefferson Street, Chelsea, MI 48118 Phone: Home: (734) 475-7565 Office: (734) 647-5408 Email:
Project Related Professional and Personal Experience:
• Ph.D. in American history (Stanford University), extensive experience in researching, writing, and presenting on historical topics
• 10 years experience in teaching American history at the college level
• Specialized training in historic preservation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation
• Conceptualized, supervised, and won grant funding for public history projects involving university-community partnerships (Waterloo, Detroit, and Chelsea)
Community Connection and Involvement:
• Downtown Chelsea resident since returning to Michigan in 2004
• President, Preservation Chelsea
• Education Committee Member, Michigan Historic Preservation Network
• Board Member, Washtenaw County Historical Society
• Former Board Member, Chelsea Children’s Cooperative Preschool
• Parent of two children in Chelsea public schools
• Member, Chelsea First Advisory Committee
Anticipated Roles in the Chelsea Connection (Re)Development
• Signature Authority for Preservation Chelsea
• Grant writing, especially those related to preservation, history, education, programming
• Develop educational programs
• Facilitate community-university partnerships to involve University of Michigan students in rehabilitation project
• Historic Restoration Research
• Community Outreach
• PC-CCT pro-bono; TCC in-kind services partner.
Motivation for Involvement in this Project (in priority order):
• Maintain and enhance viability of downtown Chelsea
• Promote Chelsea as a tourist destination
• Preserve Chelsea’s charm and historic character
• Use historic places to teach about the past (K-12 education, university, and adult audiences)
• Interest in sustainable design, adaptive reuse, preservation

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