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New interest in vacant building on Riverwalk Plaza

New interest in vacant building on Riverwalk Plaza

LOWELL, Mich.—A portion of the Riverwalk Plaza Building that’s remained vacant for nearly a decade may soon get a new tenant.

City Manager Mark Howe says the National Park Service is interested in leasing the north end of the old cable TV building for ten years.  The space would serve as offices for Park Service employees who are working on the North Country National Scenic Trail in Lowell.

The City of Lowell recently put together a proposed deal and sent it off to National Park Service administrators.  An official with the National Park Service says they plan to review the proposal sometime after Labor Day; Howe hopes to have an answer sometime in September.

Address alert: Police to make sure homes and businesses follow code

Address alert: Police to make sure homes and businesses follow code

LOWELL, Mich.--  Now is the time to make sure your address is properly posted outside your home or business.

Next month, Lowell Police will be surveying buildings to make sure all addresses are properly posted and fall in line with the city’s guidelines.

A lack of address signs can delay police, fire and paramedics, and a couple minutes can cost a life in an emergency.

You can find the city code for home and business addresses here.

Longtime Burger King to be replaced by new store

Longtime Burger King to be replaced by new store

LOWELL, Mich.—The former home of Lowell’s Burger King is being transformed into a new storefront.

Mark Muller with Ben Muller Realty Company says the lot located on 1120 West Main Street will soon contain a Dollar Tree.  Muller says Dollar Tree is one of three dollar store chains that have posted significant growth since the recession. 

Burger King had occupied the lot for decades, but Muller believes the franchisee chose not to renew their agreement with the restaurant chain.

Construction on the Dollar Tree began July 15.  The one-story, 8,500 square foot facility, which will also feature approximately 60 on-site parking spots, is expected to be complete by October 1.

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Funding deadline nears for communities impacted by flooding

Communities impacted by the floods in April have less than a week to file their request for federal disaster money. 

In June, President Obama declared a major disaster in 16 Michigan counties, including Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon and Newaygo. The Small Business Association also issued a disaster declaration this summer.  Both declarations freed up federal assistance for homeowners, local governments and certain non-profits who were forced to clean up.  Homeowners and businesses had until Monday, August 12 to apply for assistance; city officials have until August 17.

The flooding caused $10 million in damage in Kent County alone.  Federal funding would help pay for debris removal and repairs to public property, roads and bridges.

Lowell business to 'Give An Hour' for military members in need

Lowell business to 'Give An Hour' for military members in need

LOWELL, Mich.—Life Transitions Therapy LLC in Lowell is teaming up with “Give An Hour” to help the military.

Each week, the business will offer a free hour of mental health therapy services to military members and their families to help them deal with the effects of war.

Those interested in the free sessions are asked to call (616) 238-2116.  For more information about Give An Hour, including a list of participating businesses, visit the organization website here.

Public hearing August 5 for proposed gas station

Public hearing August 5 for proposed gas station

LOWELL, Mich.—The City of Lowell will hold a public hearing August 5 as it considers a proposal for a new gas station on West Main Street.

Dalane VandenBerg wants to build a BP gas station at 403 West Main Street. The development would include a convenience store and attached car wash with two driveways leading onto West Main Street and one driveway leading onto Hudson Street. The lot is smaller than the city’s zoning ordinance normally allows, so the project will be reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A public hearing on the proposal will take place at 7 p.m. inside the City Council Chambers, located on the second floor of 301 E. Main St.

Boy Scouts seek replacement flags for Lowell holiday celebrations

Boy Scouts seek replacement flags for Lowell holiday celebrations

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Boy Scout Troop #102 is looking for U.S. flag donations to help decorate Main Street during holiday events.

The troop needs 15 more flags to replace worn out ones that have been retired.  The Boy Scouts’ goal is to keep a flag in front of every business for each of the six holidays and special events celebrated downtown.

Each replacement nylon flag is $50. The Boy Scouts will send an electronic copy of receipts to each donor. Checks can be written to:

Boy Scout Troop 102

C/O Dirk Ritzema

829 Sheppard Drive

Lowell, MI 49331

Scoutmaster Don Aversano says the troop also appreciates any help neighboring stores and businesses can provide with keeping flag holders clean and clear throughout the year.