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What local people were talking about 36 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in the East Branch Citizen in early February 1980:
- Plans to develop a historic district ordinance in Uwchlan Township were pursued after residents and supervisors were treated to some lessons on local history, when Sue Brody, chairman of the township’s Historical Commission, and Eleanor Morris, president of the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust, provided a preview of the commission’s historical study on the village of Lionville. Morris noted that most of the old sites in the village had been placed on the state register in 1975, to prevent a proposed cloverleaf at the intersection of Routes 100 and 113 being constructed. “So there is no question that the district will go up to the National Register,” to preserve the village’s historical and architectural integrity, claimed Morris. A major impetus for establishing a historic district was the possible development of the 12-acres of land in the village area, which was owned by the Radnor Corp. (a subsidiary of the Sun Oil Co.), and was a potential site for a shopping center .
- Although the West Bradford historic committee’s proposal to establish an historic district in Marshallton succumbed in 1979 to overwhelming pressure from village residents, the committee was now considering a different approach. Instead of establishing a historic district under a more restrictive state law, the township committee was leaning toward adopting the strategy recently employed by the borough of Downingtown, which used the National Historic District model. That model, explained Downingtown’s historian, Jane Davidson, placed fewer restrictions on property owners.