Reason to celebrate in Chelsea

FROM STAFF REPORTS

With millions in renovations and new projects on the horizon, the past week has been particularly good for the city of Chelsea.
Headlines touting massive projects to spruce up the city’s schools and provide a place for the city’s residents and seniors to come together as a community have filled our website over the past several days, giving Chelsea plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Most notably, crews recently began work on a massive $1.75 million renovation of the Chelsea Middle School building, which is off Shelby County 39 near Chelsea City Hall.
The project’s scope includes a “completely redone” gym, brand new locker rooms, additional hallways and aesthetic changes to the entrance of the school. Construction will continue through the end of the year, with a target completion date of fall 2015, Chelsea Middle Principal Andrew Gunn told reporter Molly Davidson.
In addition to a facelift at the school’s main entrance, the project also will add a new floor, bleachers and expanded locker rooms to school’s gymnasium.
All of this work will help significantly for the fast-growing school, which currently houses more than 1,000 students.
Elsewhere in Chelsea, crews are preparing to put the final touches on a new community center currently under construction off Shelby County 47. For more about the community center project, see Emily Sparacino’s column on this page.
But it’s not just new projects causing excitement in the city. Last year, the Chelsea Public Library’s circulation skyrocketed by 10 percent to nearly 56,000 books.
Chelsea, one of Shelby County’s youngest cities, has grown exponentially over the past several years. We applaud the city for taking steps to ensure Chelsea is a destination for years to come.