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MDOT offers safety improvements for railing on Main Street Bridge

MDOT offers safety improvements for railing on Main Street Bridge

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) The Michigan Department of Transporation sent a proposal to the Historic District Commission this week with suggestions of how to address safety concerns on the bridge installed last year on Main Street.

Last summer a parent raised concerns that a small child could poke their head through the spaces on the railings.  MDOT was contacted by the city about the issue and in turn sent safety options to the HDC for approval.  MDOT suggests two possibilities; placing a wire screen over the side of the railing facing the river, or inserting a single steel rod through the center of each opening.

The HDC approved the railings two years ago before the project began. HDC Chair Steve Doyle says MDOT needs to identify whatever it feels is the necessary safety change, submit a permit application, and then bring it before the commission.

 Doyle says he plans to follow-up with MDOT to see what it plans to do.

Lowell Expo this Saturday at the high school

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) The Lowell Expo is one of the biggest events of the year for area businesses.  The Expo takes place this Saturday at the Lowell High SChool at 11700 Vergennes Street.

The expo will spotlight more than 150 area businesses, service groups and churches. The idea behind the event is to make people more aware of local products and services available and manufactured in the Lowell Area.

The Expo runs Saturday from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday, March 26th. For more information click on the link to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

Police investigate break-in at First Baptist Church in Lowell

LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) Lowell police are investigating a burglary Sunday at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Lowell. Police Chief James Hinton tells WZZM 13 News the suspect broke into the church around 3:25pm Sunday afternoon and stole a tv and dvr.

Hinton says Grand Rapids Police are investigating similar incidents at other churches in the county.

Lowell Community Expo is March 26th

From http://www.lowellchamber.org/

Saturday March 26, 2011
Time 9:00 AM  - 3:00 PM 
Description Lowell High School, Saturday, March 26, 2011

This is one of the choice networking opportunities the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce offers our businesses, churches, schools, municipalities and organizations is the Annual Lowell Community Expo. Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, Lowell Area Schools, and our exclusive business sponsor, Lowell Ledger/Lowell Buyers Guide, proudly present the 15th Annual Lowell Community Expo. The Expo is held at Lowell High School, in both gyms and the hallways from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event is an excellent opportunity for the community to increase their awareness of the products and services provided and/or manufactured in the greater Lowell area. Exhibitors also gain the opportunity to develop sales, sales leads and customer contacts.

Meijer announces major remodel of Lowell location

LOWELL, Mich. - Meijer will invest more than $75 million in a major remodel project for stores in Michigan and Ohio, with eight Michigan stores benefiting from this new initiative including the Fulton Road location in Lowell. The announcement was made today by Hank Meijer, Co-Chairman and CEO of the company.
"We are pleased to reinforce our commitment to these communities," said Meijer. "Our customers expect high standards from us, and our investment in these stores will ensure they continue to receive our best."  

This initiative focuses on 10 stores in key locations throughout Michigan and Ohio. Planning has already begun in a number of stores and project completion is slated for the end of the year.

The stores benefiting from this project include:

Interest growing in Superior Furniture building on Main Street

Interest growing in Superior Furniture building on Main Street

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Interest is growing in the vacant Superior Furniture building on Main Street in Lowell. The property is listed with Paul Schwaillier with Great Lakes Signature Properties.  Schwaillier says he has seen a lot more interest in many of his properties lately, "Times are getting better in commercial and residential property.  We are seeing a big change."

Schwaillier says most of the customers interested in the old Superior Furniture location are looking at it for a possible mixed use development including condos and retail.  He says there's also been discussions about using it for warehouse space.  The building became vacant in April 2009 when Superior Furniture moved to Grand Rapids.

Daisy Floral reopens in Lowell

Lowell, Mich. (WZZM) Daisy Floral will soon open again under new ownership.  The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce tells WZZM 13 News the flower store has returned to the location in the strip mall near Little Caesars Pizza off of Main Street.

Daisy Floral closed suddenly in early February at the location on historic Main Street. The new owner could not be reached for comment.