February was a short month, but there was a lot packed into it. There was Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and, in Lowell, old businesses and buildings made new. Several area buildings recently got a facelift or are expected to be refreshed in the coming year, and that was the big news of the month on Lowell’s First Look.
The following were the most-read articles, based on website views, during February 2022.
We start off our tour of new spaces in Lowell with this press release from the YMCA. The organization purchased the former Impact Church property that straddles the City of Lowell and Vergennes Township line on Hudson Street. The building is being renovated to create a much-larger fitness center than the one that is currently located on W. Main Street in a strip mall. The new Y is expected to open in late 2022.
Up next is a recap from the Vergennes Township Board in which they approved plans for the expansion of an industrial zone building and OK’d the sale of vehicles from a property on Lincoln Lake Ave. However, we suspect most people read this article to find out what happened with a proposal from Arrowhead Golf Course to expand their facility. That was on the agenda too, and the board gave their blessing to send the proposal to the Planning Commission for their consideration.
The building that previously housed the Century Post Pub is serving up drinks once again. It was purchased by The Gilmore Collection to become the new bar for Flat River Grill. Dubbed Tributary @ Flat River Grill, the space serves as the new entrance for the restaurant and offers diners what has been described as a “cool but cozy space.”
Although not a business, the second most-read article of the month continues on the theme of old places made new. Denny’s Rooms has been a resting spot for Lowell residents and travelers for decades. It was bought by Flat River Outreach Ministries a few years back, and they have been systematically updating the building and renovating the interior. Work is wrapping up on tenant units, and rehabbing common spaces is next on FROM’s to-do list.
With twice the views as the second-place article, the big news of the month was that the building formerly known as the Strand Theater and Larkin’s Other Place now has new owners. Comedy shows will continue at the venue – now dubbed The Old Theater – through the spring, and then interior renovations are expected over the summer. The owners have big ideas but nothing is set in stone yet so stay tuned for further developments.