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)

Friday, September 17, 2010

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implement them. The mayor only gave us a letter stating that we were allowed to investigate grant funding. We are a citizen group with no money ourselves and no power over these buildings because we do not own them.

Possible remedies

1)Council direct the DDA to sell all the buildings to our group per our proposal. (Ask Council Member…”Have you seen our proposal?”)
2)DDA retain ownership of all three buildings but allow the PC-CCT to actively search out funding, in-kind services and volunteer help to restore these buildings while they deal with the Mack Building with their resources.
3)Direct the DDA to work with the PC-CCT on their proposal to find a mutually acceptable plan for moving forward with renovating all three buildings.
4)Council put an immediate stop on any demolition plans and revisit the 2010 DDA budget with regards to the Longworth Complex Demolition.
5)Require that the DDA work cooperatively with the PC-CCT to a positive end to this for all, as opposed to ignoring us and perpetuating a negative relationship with the public.
6)The Mayor and the Council have the regulatory authority to change how the DDA does business and can require that they listen to public input before decisions are made that affect all of its residents in a significant way!
7)We want the DDA to give the citizens and local businesses a chance to raise the
necessary funds for rehabilitation.

Questions to Pose to Council Members

1)How is this project fiscally responsible for the City and the DDA now that we have shown that there are less expensive alternatives from professionals that know what they are talking about?
2)How can the DDA be allowed to use $500,000 in Public taxes annually, while ignoring the input of over 700 residents (which apparently is more than the amount of people who elected the present mayor) of Chelsea and the surrounding area who say they want all these buildings saved?
3)How can the DDA ignore their own mission, goals and objectives to “preserve and restore historic buildings” with this project?
4)How can the City of Chelsea have historical buildings as an attractions (see the Community Observer), yet continue to tear down historic structures downtown.
5)How can the DDA just “refuse” our very detailed, well thought out proposal without any kind of detailed reply to us about how it was reviewed and why specifically it was rejected?
6)Why is there no apparent public accountability for the decisions of the DDA? They seem to work in a vacuum and are allowed to use Public Tax dollars to do it.
7)Why was the DDA allowed to purchase these buildings at a cost above the appraised value?

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