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Posted on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 : 5:46 p.m.

Demolition begins on Chelsea's Daniels Showroom

By Julie Baker

Demolition started Monday on Chelsea's Daniels Showroom, which is part of the historic Longworth Property, Chelsea Update reported.


The former Daniels Showroom.

City of Chelsea photo

Smalley Construction is leading the demolition for a cost of $23,000. The Downtown Development Authority approved the bid in September. The showroom is a former auto dealership near Main and Jackson streets.

In December 2008, the DDA bought the showroom, the adjacent Mack Building and a livery on the other side of the Mack Building for $400,000. In June 2009, it voted to demolish the showroom, which faces Main Street, and the livery building while leaving the Mack Building, which is between the two, according to previous reports.

The rest of the property is to remain intact.

From the Update story: "The western wall windows and entry of the Mack Building are to be restored to its historic character as nearly as possible. While the openings of the remaining front facade will be closed and secured, according to the bid."

Read the full Chelsea Update story and see photos from the demolition.


Phil Powers

Thu, Nov 1, 2012 : 2:48 p.m.

We used to go see Santa Claus in this building. It seemed like that was the only day it was open.

two canoes

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 1:42 a.m.

It seems curious to me with the interest and focus on automotive history in SE Michigan that such a unique property wasn't recognized as a positive addition to the historic community of Chelsea.


Wed, Oct 31, 2012 : 3:55 p.m.

The DDA couldn't not get past the 'ugliness' of this particular building... No one seemed to care about the history of the structure. At one point in time a DDA board member called this building a pimple on the face of Chelsea's Downtown...