5 Most Popular Articles on Lowell’s First Look for September 2021

It was a battle between two Mexican food establishments for the top spot on our most-read list for September. One restaurant was the clear winner in terms of website views. However, the second establishment – which was profiled during the final week of September – might have had a shot at being number one if its article had been published earlier in the month.

The following were the most-read articles, based on website views, during September 2021.

5. Planning Commission Recap: Marijuana Application for RollAway Bldg Denied

During its meeting last month, Lowell Planning Commission denied a marijuana business special land use permit for the first time. Neighbors turned out in opposition to a proposal to convert the former RollAway Fun Center into an adult use marijuana establishment. Commissioners agreed that the location wasn’t ideal for a high-traffic business and that there was no way to properly screen the building from neighbors. Word is the applicant may be back before the commission in November to try again.

4. Lamoreaux Farm Market Provides One-Stop Shop for Local Food

Jason Lamoreaux with his daughter Shea

North of town, there is a new option for fresh produce, locally raised meat and other Michigan-made products. Jason Lamoreaux, a longtime supporter of the local agricultural industry, opened Lamoreaux Farm Market earlier this year at the location of the former H&W Farms on Belding Road. This article highlighting the new business was the fourth most-read story on Lowell’s First Look in September.

3. Sabor Mexicano Looks to Establish Roots in Lowell Community

Sabor Mexicano has set up shop by New Union Brewery for the last few weekends and is cooking up authentic Mexican fare for Lowell customers. There was a little bit of drama on the day we stopped by, when it was discovered that the business was lacking the permit required by the city’s food truck ordinance. However, the oversight was quickly rectified, and Sabor Mexicano expects to be back to work this weekend.

2. Construction on M-21 Between Lowell and Ada Begins

Photo courtesy of the Kent County Road Commission Facebook page.

If you regularly drive from Lowell to Ada on M-21/Fulton Street, you’ll want to read this article if you haven’t already. Road construction is happening in October, starting with lane closures for berm removal and then a total road closure for resurfacing. Work will be done in phases, and traffic will be detoured to Vergennes Road.

1. Construction Begins on Rio Plano Taqueria

And the honor of top article of the month goes to Rio Plano Taqueria. The restaurant, planned for the former Serenity Club building over the Flat River, was first announced early last year. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic meant a paperwork slowdown at the state level, and the project developer only recently received the necessary approvals to create a deck area over the water. The plan is for Rio Plano Taqueria to be open early next year, and we will have additional updates for you as they become available.

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