Chelsea Council approves incentive package for new Waffle House

Published 10:48 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023

By NOAH WORTHAM | Staff Writer

CHELSEA – The Chelsea City Council approved an economic incentive for a new Waffle House coming to the city and made various appointments to the newly created Board of Zoning during a regularly scheduled city council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

During the meeting, the Chelsea approved an economic development incentive for HCI Chelsea, LLC which will support its efforts to bring a Waffle House to the city of Chelsea.

The new Waffle House will be located on Atchison Drive in front of the hotel—next to where Arby’s is currently located.

“We’re very excited about that, and we really appreciate all the work HCI Chelsea did in making that possible,” Mayor Tony Picklesimer said.

During the council meeting, Picklesimer shared that construction on the ABC wholesale distribution center is complete and that the business hopes to take possession of the building sometime in November and hopes to be operational by Friday, Dec. 1.

The expansion of ABC’s operations is expected to bring 15 jobs to Chelsea and the business will continue to be a revenue generator for the city.

The Chelsea City Council also approved the appointment of Councilmember Casey Morris to the library board.

“I’m excited to serve,” Morris said. “I attended my first meeting unofficially last week, and we’ve got a great library board doing some really cool things over there. I’m excited to be a part of it (and to) learn more.”

In other news, the Chelsea City Council:

  • Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a managed print services agreement.
  • Approved a resolution to declare property as surplus and authorize its disposal.
  • Approved the appointment of six individuals to the Board of Zoning and Adjustments.
  • Approved an ordinance for an annexation request by Paul and Holly Preston for property located 755 Salser Lane.

The Chelsea City Council meetings for the month of December are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Chelsea High School theatre is set to perform songs from its upcoming production at the Chelsea City Council meeting on Dec. 5.