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 33

Chelsea Connection Team - Professional and Personal Profiles - (continued)
Scott McElrath Home: 313 Railroad, Chelsea, MI. 48118 Phone: Home: (734) 562-2418 Cell: (734) 818-7252 Office: (734) 475-3660 Email:
Project Related Professional and Personal Experience:
• 25 years experience designing, managing, and administrating architectural/engineering building projects, including historic, institutional, commercial, industrial and residential work.
• Owner of Dangerous Architects PC, a downtown business in Chelsea since 1994.
• Historic Architect, as certified by the State of Michigan; State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
• Restored/Rehabilitated other historic downtown commercial buildings including:
o River Gallery
o Garden Mill
o Potting Shed, and many others
Community Connection and Involvement:
• Downtown Chelsea Resident since 2009. Recently rehabilitated 1857 era personal home within sight of the Longworth property. Previous Chelsea resident from 1994-2000.
• Member of Chelsea Rotary Club since 1997.
• Board member of the Chelsea Church of the Nazarene since 2007
• One daughter in Chelsea Schools
Anticipated Roles in the Chelsea Connection (Re)Development
• Co-Leader of Design Group. Manage and administrate architectural/engineering team from design development through and including construction completion.
• PC-CCT pro-bono; TCC in-kind services partner.
Motivation for Involvement in this Project (in priority order):
• Enhance downtown vitality through adaptive re-use of historic structures
• Provision of restored space for additional downtown businesses
• Diversity of Main Street Architecture
• Interest in sustainable design, adaptive re-use, and support of local businesses through construction/renovation projects.

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