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, March 5, 2011

Important Meeting at the library, Wed, March 9, 7 p.m.

What happens downtown affects the entire community. The Downtown Development Authority hired Deardorff Design Resources Team to assist in creating a Comprehensive Downtown Plan for Chelsea. The overarching goal is to attract new businesses and retain existing businesses.

The first of four open houses for public inputwas on February 16 at the Chelsea Depot where the purpose of the team was to listen and talk about five sites identified to consider in the plan. The five sites are:

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

The next open house will be at the Chelsea District Library on Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. to discuss some alternative concepts. This will be open to the public, and clearly, we all have a stake in the vitality and viability of downtown, and now is the time for citizens to show up and participate.

The next two open houses will be for the purpose of presenting three possible plans for public input followed by presenting a final plan for comment. These dates and times will be determined later as the comprehensive DDA process moves forward.

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