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 4

Letter of Interest
To: John Hanifan, City Manager City of Chelsea 305 S. Main City of Chelsea MI, 48118
From: The Chelsea Connection, LLC
Date: July 14, 2010
Re: Former Longworth Plating Site – RFP DDA-001
The Chelsea Connection, LLC (TCC) is pleased to submit our Updated Initial Response to RFP DDA-001.
We propose to purchase the site and buildings from the Chelsea DDA for $200,000, and to redevelop the property through the adaptive reuse of most of the existing structures, as detailed herein.
Immediate Action Requested
We respectfully request that the DDA take immediate action to approve the sale, and to expedite necessary transactions for several reasons, including:
• Barring a surprising new development, there does not appear to be another party interested in developing the property. Prior to Kincaid-Henry announcing their intention to submit a proposal at the April 2010 DDA meeting, the DDA had a proposal on the table to begin negotiations on a sale of the property to TCC.
• Lack of positive response (to our proposals) and action by the DDA has made securing tenants, venture capital and even grants extremely difficult. We and our potential partners need assurance that the DDA is serious about working with TCC to positively impact Chelsea through the adaptive reuse of these buildings.
• Roofs and other components of the building envelope throughout the complex continue to leak into the structures, further degrading their condition, increasing renovation costs, and risking spread of contaminants.
• Delays will risk that another construction season will be lost without any positive action being taken to redevelop the site and return it to the tax roles.
• One of our major prospective tenants, The New Chelsea Market intends to relocate as soon as possible and is committed to moving their business before the holidays 2010. If immediate

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