||Main St & Old US 12 intersection with bank, retail center and gas stations nearby.
Chelsea, Michigan is a thriving small city in southeastern Michigan with an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment, and local activities. Over the years, Chelsea has evolved into a diverse community, embracing its agricultural heritage, maintaining an active manufacturing base, and cultivating a vibrant art scene.
The unique and lovely architecture that defines Chelsea is a treasure to be experienced. Streets, buildings, parks and businesses serve as reminders of Chelsea’s long history. Recently honored as a National Register of Historic Places designation, the downtown area abounds with history wherever you turn. Whether you are looking to stroll quaint Victorian neighborhoods, view historical Main Street architecture at its best, or delve deeper into the history of small town America, Chelsea has all that and more to offer.
Chelsea’s thriving shopping district offers both residents and visitors alike the pleasant ambiance of tree-lined streets and cheerful storefronts. Visitors can stroll down historic Main Street, the home of specialty shops, gift boutiques, markets, restaurants, cafes, and visitor tours at Chelsea Milling, home of Jiffy Mix.
The beautiful 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area is literally at Chelsea’s doorstep. You can experience the beauty of Michigan’s unique wilderness, wildlife and geological wonders in this protected area. There nature enthusiasts can hike, ski, or bike miles of trails, spend a sunny afternoon fishing on one of many lakes, or experience the spectacle of the migrating sandhill cranes. Golfers can choose from more than 20 lush golf courses, all within a 20-minute drive. Families can enjoy a picnic and playgrounds and Timbertown, Pierce Park or Veteran’s Park.
A commitment to the arts is an essential part of Chelsea’s vitality. Actor Jeff Daniels, an inaugural inductee in the Michigan Walk of Fame, is a founder of The Purple Rose Theater which showcases the work of nationally known playwrights, as well as the talents of equity-card actors. Chelsea Center for the Arts welcomes students of all ages to discover and nourish a love of art and music and features a yearly community art project.
Chelsea counts outstanding educational and health care among its many valuable resources. The Chelsea School District’s excellent staff and high level of parental involvement prepare students of all ages for a bright future. The Chelsea Community Hospital, nestled in a beautiful, wooded setting, provides quality healthcare, including a Health and Wellness Center, a Head Pain Program, a Woman’s Health Center and ER services.
For more than 100 years, Chelsea has been an ideal place for seniors to enjoy their lives. A diverse range of opportunities exist for seniors to experience art and music, volunteer, and join social groups all within a friendly small town atmosphere. Chelsea proudly offers several residential communities for seniors including the Chelsea Retirement Community and Silver Maples of Chelsea, which both offer beautiful campuses and a range of living options. With many organizations dedicated to providing senior services including the Chelsea Senior Center and the Chelsea Community Hospital, seniors can stay active and feel comfortable knowing that the full spectrum of resources are available within their community.
||C2 GEN, City of Chelsea
COMMERCIAL DISTRICT (C-2)
This district is intended to encourage planned and integrated groupings of retail, service, and administrative establishments which will retail convenience and comparison goods and provide personal and professional services for the entire area and to accommodate commercial establishments which cannot be practically provided in a neighborhood commercial area.
A. PERMITTED USES
1. Any use permitted in the Neighborhood Commercial District.
2. Business schools; including dance schools, music schools, and art schools.
3. Indoor retail sales establishments.
4. Indoor commercial amusements and recreation services, including theaters, bowling alleys, and roller and ice skating rinks.
5. Establishments serving food and/or alcoholic beverages, but not including drive-in types.
6. Clubs and lodges.
7. Funeral homes and mortuary establishments not including crematoriums.
8. Printing establishments.
9. Lumberyards, provided all outdoor storage areas are screened by a wall matching the principal building materials so that material stored is not visible from a public street.
10. On-site signs in accordance with the regulations in Article 6.
11. Accessory uses or structures.
12. Essential services and structures of a non- industrial character.
13. Outdoor sales & display pursuant to 5.13.
B. SPECIAL USES
1. Automobile service stations.
2. Hotels and motels.
3. Small animal clinics.
4. Drive-in business services, but not including eating and drinking establishments.
5. Churches and other buildings for religious worship.
6. Government or community-owned buildings, but not including schools.
7. Sale of new and used motor vehicles.
8. Child care center, subject to the conditions of Section 5.11.
9. Banks, savings and loans, credit unions and similar financial institutions with drive-through facilities, provided that overhead canopies shall meet the setback regulations of this district. Canopy materials shall be consistent with the principal building. The canopy shall be no higher than the principal building.
10. ATM's (automatic teller machines) and twenty four-hour ready tellers which are separate from a financial institution.
11. Manufacturing of beverages when accessory to a bar, restaurant or lounge.