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, September 19, 2015

DDA to sign a leter of intent announced at meeting 9.17.15

Resident Jan Bernath told the DDA Board that she was very excited about the project that Joe Ziolkowski of Ronlon LLC presented to the board for the Mack Building.
“I hope you’ll consider his proposal” and keep in mind “his expertise in renovating the old police building.”
The DDA voted unanimously to enter into a letter of intent to work with Ziolkowski on the project, which first needs additional environmental assessments and containment work.
City Manager John Hanifan said the state has both competitive grants and loans available for this sort of work, which is estimated at between $20,000-$30,000 for environmental testing of the building and then perhaps, about $100,000 of physical remediation work on the building.
“I think entering into a letter of intent keeps this project going forward,” said Mark Heydlauff. “A commitment from us will get the grants moving forward and a letter of intent says the city will be willing to work with this developer.”
Hanifan also told the DDA that the roof of the building will be tarped in the next few weeks to protect the inside from further weather damage. The DDA approved about $5,000 in August to have the building tarped, broken windows and doors boarded up and the building secured from further deterioration.

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