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Opportunity Zone Highlights: Chelsea, MI

February 27, 2020 Regional Updates
Worn down building in Chelsea
Photo credit - Burrill Strong Photography
Photo credit: Burrill Strong Photography, courtesy of Destination Ann Arbor

Chelsea, Michigan is a charming community with a balance of downtown, residential, and rural geographies. Residents enjoy quality living, a variety of work options, and many recreational opportunities including biking trails and kayaking. On the edge of downtown is the home of JIFFY Mix — the Chelsea Milling Company.

Located in western Washtenaw County, Chelsea is the hub for a larger regional community. The rural character and natural beauty of the surrounding area help give the city its character. Chelsea is located along I-94, within a one-hour drive from Ann Arbor, Jackson, Detroit, and Lansing.

Chelsea is rich in diverse cultural and recreational opportunities. The city’s vibrant parks and public spaces, historic downtown and active historical society, and public art build a strong sense of identity. Chelsea is also home to the Purple Rose Theatre, founded by actor Jeff Daniels and a venue for professional theater. Recreation opportunities include the city’s three community parks, the Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena, and Pierce Lake Golf Course.

Learn more about Opportunity Zones in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.

Featured Opportunity Zone: Federal Screw Works

Location: 500 S. Main, 425 Congdon, Chelsea, MI 48118

The Chelsea Opportunity Zone was once home to a former industrial auto supplier Federal Screw Works. The site spans approximately two acres within walking distance of downtown Chelsea and the hospital campus.

Top Employers in the Ann Arbor Region: Chelsea and Manchester:
Martinrea Bishop Circle Assembly
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Proving Grounds
Sheridan Books - Chelsea
Amcor Rigid Plastics
Chelsea Milling Company
Hatch Stamping Headquarters
Gestamp Washtenaw
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The property is currently zoned Industrial and the city’s Future Land Use Plan calls for Mixed-Use. Please contact the city for more information.

Nearby Existing Industry Sectors:
  • Manufacturing: 3.3%
  • Healthcare and social services: 21.94%
  • Retail: 10.71%
Key Assets:
  • Proximity to I-94
  • University of Michigan and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital campuses
  • A thriving industrial park
  • Charming historic downtown
  • Vibrant neighborhoods
Recent Investments: