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, February 18, 2011

Notes from Deardorff Meeting at Depot on Feb. 16, 2011 (see tasks and timeline below)

"The firm has interviewed 16 individual persons one-on-one so far. They also interviewed 9 high school students. More interviews will take place. This is NOT a rushed process.

Four phases:

1. Tonight-- Listening and talking about site opportunities and constraints
2. Conceiving alternative concept (at Library on March 9)
3. Presenting ABC draft plans
4. Final Plan

Goal is to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses by addressing five site areas:
1. Palmer space, renovated UAW Hall (no parking) plus Post Office
2. Parking by Purple Rose Theater & behind buildings on the east side of Main Street
3. Longworth Property and improving access to Clocktower
4. Alleys
5. Federal Screw Works

Planning criteria to date:

community consensus
historic preservation and small town feel
target projects for improvement looking at economic feasibility
adaptive reuse of existing unused property
make a "commons" area for downtown

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