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 39

Chelsea Connection – Prospective Tenant Profiles:
The New Craftsman Workshop (NCW) Contact: Tom Girard - organizer Home: 320 S. Main, Chelsea, MI 48118 Phone: Home: 734-475-3632 Cell: 734-260-2087 Email:
Mission/ Description/ Core Values:
• NCW brings tools, workshop space and other resources together for artisans centered on woodworking, but working in a variety of materials (metal, stone, glass). Open to serious artists and hobbyists. Members:
o Work independently but value sharing resources and knowledge.
o Expect to use the workshop approximately10 to 80 hours per month.
o Often craft unique furniture, furnishings and architectural components, often with “sustainable” materials (local lumber, recycled)
o Often have tools and equipment for the shared workshop space, but have other “wishlist” items they can’t fit in their existing space or justify buying on their own.
• Not for profit as a group, though some members operate for-profit enterprises, either though retail sale of finished product or through construction activity.
Program infrastructure needs/ desires:
• Approx 2000 SF, flat, 100PSF floor, insulated, semi-conditioned (heated), power, lights, water, sanitary, 6’ wide doorway, access to restroom, access for supplemental ventilation.
• Open space for tenant provided fixed tools and workbenches, projects in process, lockable storage, shelving, finishing booth.
Business Model Projections
• Newly forming group with about 5-6 interested members, expected to grow to 20 within 6 months of securing a suitable facility. Member dues to pay for lease, tax, insurance, utilities, facility improvements, tool maintenance. Lease $3/SF initially to $6/SF in 2-3 years.
• No permanent staff. Members’ on-site work equates to 2-4 full time workers.
• Will execute a pre-sale lease, with occupancy as soon as available.

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