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)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Comments and request made at City Council on September 14

September 14, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen:

My name is Jan Bernath, and I live at 238 Harrison Street. The last time I was before this body was less than a year ago when I presented 700 signatures of area residents who did not want the Longworth Property demolished. Since that time, a group of hard-working, knowledgeable, skilled Chelsea citizens submitted a proposal to buy the property in response to the DDA's RFP. It was declined on August 19.

You all have received an email from Cathy Bean today citing, in detail, the reasons the impending demolition of the Daniels Addition and the livery is an unwise decision. The categories of those reason are: responsibility
2.historic significance
4.public accountability
5.partnering for a maximum solution
6.improper operation of the DDA

It's my understanding that the Council has oversight of the DDA by approval of the:

1.overall budget
2.mayor's appointment of a nominee to fill a vacancy
3.bonds for long term debt
4.changes in the DDA charter

I respectfully urge a motion tonight to direct the city manager and staff to temporarily halt further work on the due care plan and application for a demolition permit. This would allow you to read, study and discuss the information provided to you by Cathy Bean.

You are the stewards of our community resources. As elected officials, you operate within the five ethical principles of the government of the City of Chelsea. Thank you for your service.

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