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 7

Project Overview
Proposed Uses
Overview: Our general philosophy on proposed uses has not changed substantially. However, securing a major tenant for the Daniels Addition and first floor of Mack Building has allowed our vision to crystallize.
Prospective Tenant Profiles describe program (space, infrastructure) requirements of committed and potential tenants. See Additional Information. Proposed uses within specific building areas and other building modifications are described below.
Daniels Showroom (1940s Addition): First floor: The New Chelsea Market – retail grocer, with focus on organic, natural and specialty foods and local produce and other goods. Limited eye-catching retail display from local artisans. Small Chelsea Information Kiosk. Historic photos and other secured displays. Open flow to Mack Building. Rooftop: Rooftop patio garden housing a portion of the dining space for a Restaurant. Egress: New public stair with artistic flair. Elevator installation will be accounted for in the layout, but may be deferred, pending review of ADA variance request.
Mack Building: First Floor: Continuation of The New Chelsea Market - Indoor market, local produce, local artisans, small retail shopping, and eventually, a modest commercial kitchen. Second Floor: Portion of restaurant (overlapping from showroom rooftop patio), with performance space for live music or theatre. In the interim, second flood may be rented for special events.
Mack-Livery Connector: Egress passage for Mack and Livery Buildings. On-grade loading dock with air, fire and security locks for both buildings. Stair from floor level to back alley grade allows access to refuse (dumpsters/ recycling) in rear, and possibly public access from nearby Church to parking along railroad.
Livery Building: First floor: The New Craftsmen Workshop - working primarily on larger scale projects - in wood, metal, stone – furniture, furnishings, art, building components. Enclosed, secure parking for residents/ tenants – approximately 8 spaces. Secure, compartmentalized storage for building tenants - bike storage for residents, stock storage for retail shops, and chair and table storage for flexible use space. Public restrooms. Second floor: Approximately 8 studio apartments with an urban edge. High quality but clean, minimalist look. Second floor also includes 500 to 1000 SF of shared collaborative living space, laundry. Premium energy efficiency and sustainability are focal points of design and marketing for these units. Third floor: New community rooftop garden for tenants – approximately 500 SF enclosed, and 500 SF covered patio, surrounded by 4000 SF roof garden (green roof).

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