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Real Estate Ripple: With Fewer Homes for Sale, Values Rise

WASHTENAW COUNTY: The market for low- to mid-priced homes has heated up in Saline, Dexter, and Chelsea, according to three local Realtors. Although the feeding frenzy was most intense in spring 2013--snow delayed the start of this year's selling season--home buyers countywide still face two sure signs of an up market: low inventory and rising home values. Reinhart realtor Rob Ewing has a theory. "It radiated out from Ann Arbor," he says...Read in Ann Arbor Observer

Agriculture is the true star of Chelsea Community Fair


 CHELSEA: Agriculture is the heartbeat of the Chelsea Community Fair. Carnival rides and demolition derbies draw large crowds, but so do the hundreds of animals and farm-related exhibits at the fair...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard




Chelsea planners nix residential plans for Screw Works redevelopment


 CHELSEA: When Magellan Properties bought the former Federal Screw Works site, 500 S. Main St. and 425 Congdon St., in 2007, the Ann Arbor-based developers knew right away they had a challenging brownfield redevelopment on their hands. Founded in 1913 as Chelsea Screw Works, the 2.5 acres and 80,000 square-foot plant manufactured a variety of products, from screws and bolts to car parts and artillery. Once a large employer, the staff had shrunk, and FSW closed its downtown Chelsea plant in 2005...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard


CHELSEA: The proposed Lima Springs subdivision was a hot topic of discussion and debate between Chelsea city officials, Lima Township board members and developer Ron Cook at a special joint work session Aug. 4...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard


Chelsea Chamber of Commerce honors 2014 'Citizens of the Year'


 CHELSEA: Two of many pillars who hold up the Chelsea community were recently honored with Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce's annual awards. Lenard McDougall has been named the "Lifetime Achievement Citizen of the Year" and Rick Eder was named "Citizen of the Year."...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard



ANN ARBOR: Of the more than 1,000 artists participating in the Ann Arbor Art Fair this year, more than 50 are from Ann Arbor. Some have been around from the beginning of the fairs, while other are new to the art fair scene. Each has a unique perspective on why he or she is at the fair and about its current state...Read in The Ann Arbor News


Chelsea DDA clears final hurdles for livery building demolition


 CHELSEA: The old livery building will be demolished soon. A new parking lot and walkways will take it place...Chelsea Downtown Development Authority approves Smalley Construction's bid to demolish the vacant building, a loading dock and a tank area, and then ready the site for construction -- for $56,000 -- at its July 17 regular meeting...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard



Together Again: Saline's high school fiddle ensembles merge

SALINE: The breakup was tumultuous, but the reunion has been sweet. Ten years after the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic split in two, the high school ensembles will reassemble as a single private nonprofit August 1. Soon-to-be-co-directors Brad Phillips and Jimmy Whitman hope to heal what they call a "cultural divide" between the Saline Fiddlers and the Fiddlers ReStrung...Read in The Community Observer and on arborweb


Chelsea approves 'M-52 Corridor' to regulate heavy truck use

CHELSEA: Companies seeking to send heavy trucks down Main Street will now be required to apply for a special land use permit under certain circumstances...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard


'M-52 Corridor' district would restrict heavy truck traffic through downtown Chelsea


 CHELSEA: On the recommendation from planning commission, Chelsea City Council is considering a text amendment to the city's zoning ordinance that would establish a "M-52 Corridor" overlay district encompassing the state highway within city limits, properties abutting the road, pedestrian and drive ways, and the rail crossing...The amendment would require a permit process for natural resource extraction operations outside of town that would use the "M-52 Corridor" as the haul route, and also require permitting for excessive oversize-load vehicle use under certain circumstances...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard 



Chelsea Farmers Market moves to Palmer lot


CHELSEA: The Saturday Chelsea Farmers Market opened its 2014 season at a new and larger site, the Palmer lot. Last weekend, vendors and visitors braved a cool and blustery morning to form first impressions of the market's new location across from the police station, on Main Street. Previously, the market was tucked back in the Chelsea District Library parking lot, off Main, a much smaller site..."We probably won't have to turn anyone away due to a lack of space, if they are a good fit for the market," said Market Manager Ashley Miller Helmholdt on opening morning...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard 


Recovered art sparks renewed interest in Daniel Rhodes


CHELSEA: Armed with flashlights and a U-Haul, a team from the Chelsea River Gallery ventured down into a dimly lit basement to make discovery after discovery. In the former Shaw Guido Gallery within what was believed to be an empty building in Pontiac, a massive collection of artworks and personal artifacts of 20-century ceramist and painter Daniel Rhodes awaited them. "I felt like I had gone into a catacomb, where we discovered something significant that was sitting there waiting and ready for us," said Deb Greer, co-director of the Chelsea gallery with Patti Schwarz...Read in Washtenaw Now/Chelsea Standard 



New Ann Arborite starts world's first Dinnerware Museum


ANN ARBOR: Curator and ceramics historian Margaret Carney has amassed enough dinnerware to start a museum. Upon moving to Ann Arbor, last year, the new Ann Arborite enacted a dream and founded The Dinnerware Museum. The new foodie-friendly cultural attraction is the world's only museum entirely devoted to the objects we use to eat and drink, along with dining-inspired fine art and kitsch. Exhibitions have commenced, but "I'm still looking for a permanent home for the museum," says Carney... Read in The Ann Arbor News

Jeff Daniels among those who oppose Lyndon sand mine


 CHELSEA: Public opposition to a proposed sand mine and an incomplete picture of potential impacts have tabled the discussion, once again. Lyndon Township Planning Commission is considering redi-mix concrete company McCoig Materials Inc.'s application for a Special Land Use Permit to operate a mineral mining operation on land that is currently zoned rural-residential and surrounded by state wilderness recreation and county parkland. An on-going public hearing attracted nearly 200 concerned citizens, when the meeting started Feb. 17. At the Thursday, March 13 hearing, the crowd was likely 500 strong. Over 30 public commenters voiced opposition, including local celebrity Jeff Daniels... Read in Chelsea Standard


Film inspired by Chelsea author premieres at Sundance



CHELSEA: Among the films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah, Gregg Araki's "White Bird in a Blizzard" is a highly-anticipated, feature-length movie to keep your eye on. And there is a Chelsea connection. Chelsea author and poet Laura Kasischke is attentive to see how the film fares with festival audiences and beyond. She wrote the novel that inspired the movie. Although Kasischke was not involved with the making of the film, the acclaimed writer and University of Michigan English professor certainly has expectations for Araki's cinematic adaptation of her 1999 dramatic thriller...Read in Chelsea Standard