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)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Interview with Mark Heydlauff --The Sun Times 9.18.12, p 10

Heydlauff remembers the marvelous jump start the Downtown Development Authority provided downtown 20 years ago.  Beyond the grand beginning, it is  important to remember that the DDA also contributed to the Police Station and keeping it downtown at a multimillion dollar price tag.   In order to "clear the corner" for the station, the demolition of the previously grand "Dunkel House" took place.  Previous renderings of a $1.3 M renovation of the now for sale "old police station" were dismissed many years ago.

Below are Heydlauff's comments about the upcoming demolition.

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