Posted on February 16, 2017
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What was happening here 36 years ago
Noted below are news items originally published in the East Branch Citizen in early February 1981:
- Due to limited parking space close to the churches and their congregations’ continued growth in neighboring townships, two Downingtown churches were planning to build larger houses of worship. That’s why members of Downingtown United Methodist Church, located on Brandywine Avenue in the borough since 1890, decided to build a larger church on an 11-acre parcel on East Lancaster Avenue in East Caln. The site had been donated to the church by Perry Tyson. And members of First Baptist Church were planning to build a new facility at Lloyd and Pennsylvania Avenues in the borough, on a 10-acre tract, which had been part of the William Lloyd farm. Services had been conducted at First Baptist’s church at Manor and Lancaster Avenues since 1891.
- The new Downingtown Professional Plaza, on East Lancaster Avenue, next to the Black Hawk Apartments complex, had already leased 72 percent of its office space to physicians and other health care providers.